Historic Environment Records - Scotland


Historic Environment Records - Scotland
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www.spatialhub.scot / sh_her

HERs (Historic Environment Records) developed out of SMRs (Sites and Monuments Records). SMRs were established from the 1960s onwards in response to the loss of the archaeological resource through urban and rural development. From their original remit of recording archaeological sites, they have been developed to encompass a wide range of information about the historic environment which has been reflected in the change of name from SMR to HER. Today they provide a unique information resource, forming the basis for sustainable conservation and playing an important role in informing public understanding and enjoyment of the local historic environment. The historic environment includes all aspects of our surroundings that have been built, formed or influenced by human activities from earliest to most recent times. A Historic Environment Record stores and provides access to systematically organised information about these surroundings in a given area. It is maintained and updated for public benefit in accordance with national and international standards and guidance. An HER makes information accessible to all in order to: - advance knowledge and understanding of the historic environment; - inform its care and conservation; - inform public policies and decision-making on land-use planning and management; - contribute to environmental improvement and economic regeneration; - contribute to education and social inclusion; - encourage participation in the exploration, appreciation and enjoyment of the historic environment. Local authorities and most National Park authorities maintain records of the archaeological, built and natural environment. However, many services group together to form archaeological services to collate their standardised records. Specialist staff are employed to curate these records and also to provide specialist advice for land-use planning and public information services. This dataset has two distinct data layers: - Historic Environment Sites (including Known Site Extents and Areas of Archaeological Interest) - a polygon dataset - Historic Environment Events (also known as interventions) - a polygon dataset. Where only points or lines have been provided these have been buffered by 10m to create representative polygons.

Point of contact

The Improvement Service
West Lothian
EH54 6AX
United Kingdom
GEMET - INSPIRE themes, version 1.0 ( Theme )
  • Area management/restriction/regulation zones and reporting unitsBuildingsProtected sites
  • Historic EnvironmentArchaeology
Other constraints
Limitations on public access
Use limitation
Use of the data is available to any organisation that is a member of the OSMA (One Scotland Mapping Agreement) or any UK academic institution via Edina's subscription Digimap service. It is not currently commercially available.
Topic category
  • Transportation
Reference system identifier

Reference system identifier
EPSG / OSGB 1936 / British National Grid (EPSG:27700) / 7.9

Reference system identifier
EPSG / ETRS89 (EPSG:4258) / 7.9

Reference system identifier
EPSG / WGS 84 / Pseudo-Mercator (EPSG:3857) / 7.9