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Historic environment records

Historic environment records

The Buckinghamshire Historic Environment Record (HER) is a public environmental record which is used for land use planning, conservation, research, education and general interest. It comprises a computerised database, supporting paper records, maps, a collection of aerial photographs and slides and a library.

The HER aims to record all reported structures, landscapes, places, sites and finds of archaeological, architectural, artistic or historical interest in Buckinghamshire from the earliest evidence of human activity to modern times. The record includes conservation areas, listed buildings, registered historic parks and scheduled monuments as well as large numbers of undesignated historic assets. Although every reasonable effort is made to ensure the reliability of HER information the record is not definitive and the accuracy of any particular piece of information should be verified from the original source.

Search our online database Unlocking Buckinghamshire's Past. Information in the online HER is not licensed for commercial re-use and excludes sensitive or copyright-restricted material.

HER enquiries concerning the Milton Keynes Council area should be directed to Milton Keynes Council’s Cultural Services, Telephone: 01908 253884 or visit Milton Keynes Council's website.

Access

The Historic Environment Record (HER) is at County Hall in Aylesbury.

It is open 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Thursday; 9am to 5pm, Friday. 

Access is by prior appointment only using a queuing system. All HER users must complete the enquiry registration form and, where appropriate, agree to a licensing charge prior to obtaining access. Information is normally supplied in digital form but in many cases it will also be necessary to visit to view items only available in hard copy.

Straightforward enquiries will normally be processed within 10 working days of receipt of the registration form but more complex enquiries may take longer. A priority service can normally be made available for an additional fee (see below) to provide information within two working days (we cannot guarantee to provide this service at all times).

For complex or poorly structured consultations or where the purpose of the enquiry is unclear or potentially harmful, we reserve the right to request a written proposal with a reasoned justification and specification for the information sought in order to assess the purpose of the request and its workload implications. 

The service reserves the right to decline to process excessively complex or poorly structured enquiries or if there is reasonable cause to believe that supplying the information would endanger the historic environment or where there has been a previous failure to comply with HER guidelines. Confidential information will not be disclosed.

Users must abide by all copyright restrictions pertaining to data held in the HER. Information supplied shall be used only by the user and for the purposes specified on the enquiry registration form. Written consent must be obtained for any other use of the data and for its dissemination to a third party. We reserve all rights of copyright which are owned in the material provided and such copyright must be acknowledged by the user.

Users will be expected to inform the HER of new sites or information which comes to light as a result of their research.

There is no general right of public access to historic sites. Permission must be sought from the landowner.

Charging policy 

Charges are made for licensing the commercial re-use of HER information and for processing complex non-commercial consultations. We also charge for advice given in our role as specialist archaeological advisors to local planning authorities. For further details and charging rates please refer to the service specification and schedule of charges below.

A charge for staff time may be made in cases of late cancellation (less than 24 hour’s notice) or failure to cancel a pre-arranged appointment.

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