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The four regional historic environment records compiled and maintained by the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts (WATs) aim to provide a comprehensive catalogue of archaeological and historical sites and finds of all periods throughout Wales. They offer a unique opportunity to investigate the heritage of Wales. Currently, about 200,000 individual entries are held by the four regional records, which are continually up-dated and expanded as new information becomes available. The HERs fulfil a wide variety of functions including assisting in the positive management and presentation of the historic landscape, planning control, and as a source for input to local history, conservation and tourism projects.

The HER covers all aspects of human activity in the landscape from early prehistory to the twentieth century without prejudice. Details of well- and lesser-known sites can be found, in addition to records generated by archaeological projects undertaken in the area. If you are interested in researching your local area, or finding out more about a particular historical period, this is a good place to start.

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm
Please telephone 01558 825995 to speak to HER staff

Online enquiry form

Lists of the information available in the HER in PDF format (opens in a new window)

Access and charging guidelines in PDF format (opens in a new window)

Commercial HER enquiries Policy and Practice in PDF format (opens in a new window)


Non-Commercial HER enquiries Policy and Practice in PDF format (opens in a new window)

Guidance for the Submission of Data to the Welsh Historic Environment Records







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