Historic Environment Records (HERs) contain background information on archaeological remains, historic buildings and structures, and historic landscapes, parks and gardens.
Searching them is a necessary part of carrying out background research for development proposals, and is also beneficial for those undertaking local history studies and academic and other research. The information in them also underpins the advice provided by our Archaeology Officer and colleagues.
Viewing the records
We maintain a computerised map-based record for the historic core of Exeter, which contains information on both archaeological remains and historic buildings, and reconstructions of the city's layout through history. Information on listed buildings throughout the city is also available. Devon County Council currently maintain the record for the outer city district, and this includes information on archaeological remains and on the historic landscape.
For the areas covered by the city and county council HERs and examples of the material held by the city HER you can download the document below.
The HER can be viewed by prior appointment with our Archaeology Officer, and the county HER by appointment with the county historic environment service. Currently no charge is made for visits to our HER, although copying charges do apply.
You can also view a national online database Oasis' online database of limited circulation reports on recent archaeological work.
For appointments to visit HER and for obtaining archaeological and historic building/conservation advice please call 01392 277888 and ask for planning.