The Historic Environment Service provides information and advice on the built environment of Somerset. As well as archaeology, we deal with Listed Buildings (particularly those in West Somerset and Sedgemoor Districts) and Conservation Areas. You can access the Somerset Historic Environment Record, which gives information about archaeological sites and buildings.
Please contact us for more information about:
- Wetland archaeology
- Parks and Gardens
- Archaeology and planning applications
- Highway works in Conservation Areas
- Archaeology and farming
The Somerset Historic Environment Record (HER) provides information about archaeological sites, historic buildings and other heritage features of the landscape of Somerset. It is available online with maps, aerial photographs and background information about each site.
You can get more detailed background information by visiting the office, which is at the Somerset Heritage Centre.
The Somerset Historic Environment Record contains information about thousands of buildings and sites, from the earliest human habitation 700,000 years ago to abandoned Cold-War bunkers from the 1970s. All the county's listed buildings are recorded, as are protected archaeological sites (Scheduled Monuments). Sites can be found by searching on places or periods and there are searchable maps. The maps also feature aerial photographs from the late 1940s and 2001.
Who can use it?
Anyone can use the HER to discover information about the past in their area. It is particularly used by local historians, archaeologists and students at A-level and above.
How do I use it?
The HER is available online, complete with maps and photographs. If you need to consult our library of detailed reports, you should make an appointment to visit us at the Somerset Heritage Centre.
How long does it take?
The online service is immediate, and you can usually get an appointment to visit within a day or two.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for viewing the information, either online or in the office, but we may charge for large amounts of copying.
When is it open?
The online HER is available at all times and is updated daily. The HER office is open Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5pm. The HER library can be consulted at the Somerset Heritage Centre, which is open Mondays 1pm to 5pm, Tuesdays - Fridays 9am to 5pm and alternate Saturdays 9am to 4pm. If possible, please make an appointment before you visit.