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
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 'Historic' option in the left hand 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
The HER is a public archive and HER staff encourage and welcome consultations and enquiries. You can telephone, write or send an email giving details of the nature and purpose of your enquiry. A grid reference, map or plan of your area of interest is essential. For more details about access to information and conditions of use please refer to our 'Information Access Policy' and 'User's Declaration Form' below.
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.
Please note that due to limited staff resources we can no longer guarantee a two day turnaround on HER searches. All searches will be carried out as quickly as possible within the 10 working day standard search time and will be charged at the standard rate.
You can consult the record in person, by making an appointment to visit our offices in Truro. You can contact us 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday. Please give as much notice as possible due to space restrictions.
- 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 HER 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.