Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record
The Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record (HER) is the comprehensive and definitive record of the historic environment of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and includes information on all aspects of the past from the earliest traces of human occupation up to the present day
Access to the HER
Important notice: The HER team and associated collections are re-locating to offices in the centre of Truro. This will involve some disruption to our service between January and March 2016. During this period we will be unable to respond to general enquiries; please use our online resources as your first port of call.
The HER is available to consult online via the Heritage Gateway. This is a nationwide service that provides access to local authority HERs across the UK, as well as the National Monuments Record Excavation Index, details of Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings and Registered Parks and Gardens.
The HER team have compiled a short guide to the Heritage Gateway for you to download.
Data from the Cornwall and Scilly HER is also available on Cornwall Council's mapping page: choose the 'Historical' folder from the Layers menu to access the Sites and Monuments data.
The Historic Cornwall website holds information about some of the larger projects that the Historic Environment service have completed recently. They include Flying Past, which describes the use of aerial photographs to record archaeological sites; and Access to Monuments, which provides details for 50 archaeological sites which are freely accessible.
Enquiries and Searches
A charge is normally made for the supply of information from the Record, although this may be discounted in certain circumstances, for example for educational or personal research. This charge is to cover the staff time and resources required to deal with the request. Please refer to the 'HER Charging Policy' below for current rates. We will always require a signed copy of the Users Declaration form before providing information from the Record.
- Cornwall and Scilly HER Access to Information Policy and User's Declaration Form
- Cornwall and Scilly HER Charging Policy
How you can help us
The Historic Environment Record will never be complete, as new finds and discoveries are made almost every day; maintaining and updating the data is an ongoing task.
You can contribute to this process by using the Sites and Monuments recording form to report to us any interesting finds or discoveries you make in Cornwall and Scilly. Please provide an e-mail address if you would like us to acknowledge receipt.
If you find that we have provided you with inaccurate or incomplete information, please let us know.