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The West Berkshire Historic Environment Record (HER)

The primary index of the physical remains of past human activity in West Berkshire

The HER is a register of all known archaeological and historical sites in West Berkshire.  Some of these buildings, monuments and places are designated as being nationally important or locally significant, but all elements make an important contribution to the story of our past. The register also includes information on fieldwork, found objects and documentary sources such as books, maps and unpublished reports.  The HER's computerised map shows the location of individual sites and investigations as well as the historic character of all areas of the district.  This public record is used to understand and manage the historic environment.  The HER is growing all the time as archaeological work is undertaken, finds are reported and new heritage assets are identified.  Copies of evidence about heritage assets affected by development proposals should be deposited with the HER.

Accessing the HER

For general use and interest, many records of archaeological sites and historic buildings can be viewed on the West Berkshire Online Map. (Select 'Historic Environment' and then select 'HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT RECORD' as points, lines and polygons in the Layer List in the top right corner of the online map).  Using the i button to click on each site will bring up its name, type and a summary; the 'More Info' hyperlink leads to further detail on a portal called the Heritage Gateway.  Alternatively searches can start from the Heritage Gateway - this includes many different national and local datasets, including those maintained by Historic England and local authorities.  We provide a pdf icon step-by-step guide [42kb] on how to search for historic environment information here.

The Heritage Gateway should not be used for assessments related to development, planning and land-use changes.  For any such commercial enquiries or for more in-depth academic research, use the online enquiry form to contact the archaeology service directly.  The National Planning Policy Framework emphasises the importance of consulting an HER prior to the submission of planning applications.  We would also recommend obtaining archaeological planning advice.

A variety of material is also available to view by appointment with the Archaeology Service.  This includes archaeological reports, books and journals.

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