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The Archaeological Service’s offices are closed to visitors due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more about how to access our services.
Due to the ongoing situation in relation to coronavirus there'll be a delay in our response to your enquiry. We're sorry for any inconvenience this will cause.
The HER is used to identify and assess sites that are at risk of damage by new development. It can also be used for research purposes by academics, pupils or the public, wishing to learn about the past.
The main HER inventory is held in a database and on digital mapping. We also hold supplementary information, such as:
How to access information from the HER
If you want to use the HER read the HER User Guidelines (PDF, 177KB).
There are various ways to access information from the HER, depending on what you need the HER information for.
Data request from HER
|Complete our data request online form|
Parish Code request (before conducting fieldwork)
Complete our parish code request online form
For personal study or research
|Search online at the Heritage Gateway|
For complex studies you can do either of the following:
- Email the HER stating your requirements if you wish to receive data digitally
- Make an appointment to discuss your requirements with the HER team at the office
Please note that there are charges in place for using the HER for commercial work.
Contacting the HERSuffolk Historic Environment Record
Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service,
Bury Resource Centre,
Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk Historic Landscape Characterisation Map
This project characterises the historic landscape of Suffolk through the identification and mapping of a range of defined historic landscape types.
The map exists as a computer based Geographic Information System (GIS) map table.
For information on the Suffolk Historic Landscape Characterisation Map see:
- Introduction and Landscape Character Types (PDF, 449KB)
- Map (PDF, 426KB)
- Licence for use (PDF, 18KB)
The Suffolk Heritage Explorer is a useful resource for learning more about your local area (though the information on the heritage explorer is not suitable for use in planning applications.)