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The Historic Environment Record (HER)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) status update: East Sussex HER remains open for search enquiries and data provision. HER Staff are working from home and Internet permitting will endeavour to provide our normal service level.

The county’s known archaeological and historic sites are mapped and described in a database called the East Sussex Historic Environment Record (HER). There are around 21,000 recorded archaeological sites on the HER so far.

What information does the HER contain and what is it used for?

The East Sussex HER holds information dating from the Palaeolithic period (c.800,000 years ago) up to 20th Century monuments. There are a range of sites, from those well-known such as Lewes Castle and Battle Abbey, to sites only known from aerial photographs and lidar analysis.

The information is used:

  • to provide advice in many aspects of the planning process and help manage the county’s heritage in a sustainable way
  • as a valuable research tool, used by students, local archaeologists, historians and members of the public

East Sussex HER charging policy [147.0 KB] [pdf]

Full HER searches

You may like to request a full search of the HER database. Archaeological contractors or consultants often request this search in the preparation of a detailed desk-based heritage impact assessment which is required on the majority of major planning applications and applications on sites where the significance of and or potential for heritage assets to be impacted is high.

Please contact us before applying to ensure that you order the correct data and area of coverage as refunds cannot be made once an order is processed. You can apply and pay for this service online at:

Follow the link to view a map of the Archaeological Notification Areas in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

HER consultation reports

You may be required to submit an HER consultation report in order to validate your application for non-major and or householder developments which affect Listed Buildings or if the site is located in an Archaeological Notification Area (ANA). It sets out summary information about the location and extent of known heritage assets and archaeological potential and is used by the applicant in the preparation of a Heritage Statement.

Please contact us before applying to ensure that you order the correct data as refunds cannot be made once an order is processed. You can apply and pay for a consultation report online at:

Using the HER for research

The HER database is now available online via the website of The Keep. You can use this data for your personal research – the database found on The Keep website is a summarised version and is not meant for commercial purposes or to be published without prior permission.

The database is also available for research only by kind assistance of Historic England via the website of Heritage Gateway - the database found on Heritage Gateway is a summarised version and is not meant for commercial purposes or to be published without prior permission.

Woodland Creation Schemes

Proposals to create new woodland or natural regeneration should consider the potential to impact below ground heritage assets and upstanding remains such as earthworks.

We are able to provide a rapid archaeological consultation assessment in line with the Forestry Commission’s UK Forestry Standard in respect of the Government’s England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO), Woodland Trust Grant Schemes, Forestry Commission Grant schemes, Community Woodland proposals, or similar schemes.

In the first instance, please email county.her@eastsussex.gov.uk for further advice and to establish what fees are involved. As a minimum there will be a £150 charge. Where applicable, consultation responses will be returned within ten to fifteen working days.

The Sussex Nature Partnership will shortly be providing online access to a Woodland Creation Opportunities and Constraints Map which will enable prospective woodland creation sites to be quickly assessed for suitability by the applicant prior to progressing further with the proposals. A web link to this site will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Enquiries

Please contact the HER Officer for any enquiries about the HER database and the searches available:

Postal address:

HER Officer,
The Keep
Woollards Way,
Brighton
BN1 9BP

For information on how we handle data please see our privacy notices for our HER search service and data supplied in HER submissions.

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