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What is the HER

Historic Environment Records (HERs) are local authority-based archives of information relating to the Historic Environment. They record information regarding archaeology, Listed Buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and other information relevant to the local area and the interpretation of the Historic Environment.

Generally, the information held within HERs is used for planning, but it is also availble to the interested public and can play a key role in aspects of education at both school, college, university and post-graduate research levels.

Historic Environment Records were previously known as Sites and Monuments Records or SMRs: the name has changed to reflect the wider scope of the data they now contain.