Last updated: 31/01/2013
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The varied work of the Historic Environment teams in Cornwall is
brought together in an Historic Environment White Paper, which sets
out the Council’s aims and objectives for the next five
Historic Environment White Paper here
The Historic Environment Service's aim is to identify, record,
protect, conserve, present and interpret the historic environment
and heritage of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. The Historic
Environment is all the physical evidence for past human activity,
as well as its associations that we can see, understand and feel
This includes archaeology (sites and monuments), the built
heritage (historic buildings and settlements) and historic
landscapes. Cornwall and Scilly has a rich and diverse
historic environment which ranges from prehistoric sites, medieval
buildings and historic mine sites to recent military remains.
Formerly known as the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, the Historic
Environment Service provides the following services:
- Manages and runs the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment
- Provides advice and consultation on archaeology and historic
buildings through development control and strategic planning
- Provides a countryside advice service to landowners and others
on the management of the rural historic environment through
- Gives advice to all on the significance of the historic
environment and how it might best be managed and conserved;
- Carries out a range of projects and fieldwork through its
project team, including assessment, evaluation, survey, excavation
- Produces a range of popular and academic publications.
Registered as an archaeological organisation with the
of Field Archaeologists.
To find out more please contact the Historic Environment Service.