Historic environment record

Dartmoor National Park is famous for its wealth of well-preserved, diverse archaeological and historical sites.  The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a comprehensive and dynamic resource that provides information about the archaeological sites, historic buildings, historic landscape and other heritage features which we currently know to exist within the Park.  It includes sites dating from the Palaeolithic period (250,000 years ago) up to the 20th century and presently contains over 19,600 entries.

The HER is maintained for public benefit and use and is available to view online at the Heritage Gateway website.  The HER is also used by professional and amateur archaeologists, local societies, academic researchers and anyone with an interest in the historic environment of Dartmoor. The data also feeds into the planning process and helps inform development management work undertaken by the National Park Authority and contributes to land management schemes and initiatives.

The Dartmoor HER originated as part of the Devon HER, set up in 1975 by the Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, and transferred to Devon County Council in 1979.  Since 2010, the Dartmoor data has been managed and updated by the National Park Authority, working in close partnership with Devon County Council.

The HER is a searchable digital database together with digital mapping. The full monument records can be viewed within the Heritage Gateway website. The HER also contains a collection of paper and digital sources including maps, photographs, reports, books, journals and plans, which can be viewed at Dartmoor National Park headquarters, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9JQ by appointment.

Contact us

For HER enquiries, or to make an appointment to view sources in the HER collection, email archaeology@dartmoor.gov.uk or telephone The Historic Environment Record Officer on 01626 832093.