Historic Environment Record (HER)

About the Record

The Nottinghamshire Historic Environment Record (HER - formerly known as the Sites and Monuments Record) is a database of information on archaeological sites and finds, historic buildings and historic landscapes in Nottinghamshire.

The HER forms part of a network of similar records across the United Kingdom. It includes sites dating from the Palaeolithic (from about 500,000 years ago) through to the 20th Century.

Heritage assets

There are currently over 25,000 data entries in the Nottinghamshire HER. They refer to features ranging in size from single chance finds, such as Roman coins, to WWII airfields.

The HER contains records of designated heritage assets such as Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments and Registered Parks and Gardens, as well as undesignated ones such as other historic buildings and structures, archaeological sites and finds of all types, and historic landscapes.

The information is held on a computerised database and is linked to maps on a computer. Other resources include reports of surveys and excavations, plans, publications and a collection of air and ground photographs.

Purpose and uses

The information contained in the HER underpins the work of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Archaeological and Building Conservation team in areas such as:

  • planning and development control
  • agri-environment schemes
  • advice to owners and developers
  • management of monuments
  • research.

It is an essential tool for assessing the impact of development proposals, as recommended in national planning guidance.


Simple searches of the Nottinghamshire HER can be done online through The Heritage Gateway.

Please note that local HER records contain much more detailed information than is available through the Heritage Gateway. The full HER records should be consulted for all commercial and planning related matters.

We also welcome enquiries from anyone with an interest in the county’s past, whether they are members of the public interested in their own local area, students and researchers working on projects, archaeological contractors and consultants or national bodies such as English Heritage.

The HER office in County Hall is open to the public by appointment Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm excluding Bank Holidays.

There is a charge for providing data for commercial purposes of £50 per hour (minimum charge £50). We aim to complete searches within five working days. All reports should be submitted to the HER digitally in PDF/A format. We would also ask that all reports are submitted to the ADS archive via OASIS.

If you would like to make an enquiry, please contact the conservation team:

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