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New HER Guidelines
New Guidelines for Historic Environment Records Published

A new, expanded version of ‘Informing the Future of the Past: Guidelines for Historic Environment Records’ has been launched today (27th June 2007) at the Historic Environment Record (HER) Forum in Peterborough.

These guidelines have been considerably updated to reflect the transition of Sites and Monuments Records to Historic Environment Records as well as recent developments in technology and standards. As well as covering England, they have now for the first time been broadened to encompass Wales and Scotland.

Nigel Clubb, Director of the National Monuments Record at English Heritage, said: “HERs play a vital role in recording the historic environment, providing the knowledge base in the context of planning and provide a valuable research and educational resource. These revised guidelines will play an important role in helping HERs to develop to meet the challenges ahead. English Heritage is proud to have been a partner in their development and publication.”

The guidelines are primarily developed to assist those in local authorities who manage and work in HERs. It sets out agreed standards for working practices, supports the delivery of training, information and advice, and provides a guide to all aspects of HER management, working practices, standards, systems and services.

They also contain an introduction to HERs, the services that they provide and other information useful to those who use these records.

With over 300 pages and 69 illustrations many in full colour, this new publication is the result of a collaboration between English Heritage and Historic Scotland, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers UK (ALGAO UK) and the Archaeology Data Service (ADS). It has been edited by Paul Gilman (Essex County Council) and Martin Newman (English Heritage).

The publication is available free online at

For further information, please contact Renee Fok on 020 7973 3297 or at

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