Historic Environment Record
The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a record of all known archaeology in Lincolnshire. The record is also sometimes called the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR).
What kinds of things are kept in the HER?
The HER has a computerised database, which comprises nearly twenty-five thousand records, and acts as an index to the rest of the HER.
The HER has a large library of local books and journals, thousands of aerial photographs, hundreds of archaeological reports, photographs, maps and overlays. Everything held in the HER is available to visitors to help them with their research.
The archaeological information in the HER comes from a variety of sources. It can come from excavation reports, from surveys of earthworks in a field, from aerial photographs of markings visible in growing crops, from studying old buildings or from letters and conversations with local people who know about the area where they live.
What kinds of people use the HER?
The HER is used by all kinds of people. These include members of the public who are interested in where they live or want to expand their knowledge of Lincolnshire. Students and academic researchers make extensive use of the HER. Also professional archaeologists, developers and local authority planners, such as development control officers find the service invaluable. Everyone is welcome to visit the HER.
Is the HER easy to use?
Whether you are a professional or just someone who wants to find out a little more about the archaeology of Lincolnshire, the HER staff will make sure that you find the information you need quickly and easily. You can research your town, your parish, your village, your street or even your house, and the Historic Environment Record is a good place to start.