Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record

The Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record (HER) is the definitive record of the historic environment of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It includes information on all aspects of the past from the earliest traces of human occupation to the present day.

In addition to information on archaeological and historical sites and structures, the HER also incorporates collections of photographs, maps, plans and surveys, and a reference library.

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Information in the HER is derived from a variety of sources including fieldwork, surveys and excavations, published and unpublished books and pamphlets, journals, museum records, and information sent in by members of the public.

Data from the Cornwall and Scilly HER is available on Cornwall Council's Historic Environment mapping page.

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.

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 that have not previously been recorded in our database. You can also report on the condition of sites and monuments via our Monitoring Form.

Please provide an e-mail address if you would like us to acknowledge receipt.

The Historic Environment Record team can carry out bespoke searches of the record for specific sites.

This provides the most up to date data we hold for a specific area and can be useful for commercial clients, academics, not for profit groups or for general interest. If you require anything more general please feel free to email us.

To request a search online please select the link below.

You will need to create an account to login to this area.  After you have registered, please email her@cornwall.gov.uk to request access and tell us the email address you used to set up your account. We can then activate your permissions on your account.  You will then be able to login via the 'Login to website account' button.

Search results will be emailed as soon as possible in shp file format for location data and pdf file format for the reports. Should you require pdf maps created, there will be an extra charge for this service. Please email us should you require such maps.

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