The Dorset Historic Environment Record (HER) is a record of historic buildings and archaeological finds and features in the county. Records range from isolated finds of coins or fragments of pottery to massive earthwork features covering many hectares; from the earliest prehistoric periods to industrial sites and World War 2 defences. Wrecks and underwater sites are recorded, as are sites with special designations such as scheduled monuments and listed buildings.
Information in the HER underpins the work of Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council in areas such as:
  • planning
  • historic buildings
  • agri-environment schemes
  • management of monuments
  • finds identification
  • research
The HER is managed for public benefit and in accordance with national standards; it is actively maintained to be as accurate and comprehensive as possible, to support and ensure the better understanding, enjoyment and protection of our environment.

The Historic Environment Record is a public record and enquiries are welcome. It is consulted by national and local government, landowners, developers, utilities, professional and amateur archaeologists, students, and anyone with an interest in the history and archaeology of Dorset.

HER forward plan 2021 to 2025

Tell us what you think about our plans for the Historic Environment Record (HER).

HER Forum

Help shape the development of the Dorset Historic Environment Record (HER). Come along to our next HER Forum meeting or join an online consultation and give us your views.

Historic Environment Record

Name: Claire Pinder, Senior Archaeologist
Tel: 01305 224921
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