Historic Environment Record

Historic Environment Record

The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a comprehensive resource that provides information about the archaeological sites, historic buildings, historic landscape and other heritage features which we know exist within the Park. It includes sites, buildings and features dating from the Palaeolithic period (250,000 years ago) up to the 20th century and presently contains over 21,400 entries.

The HER is a searchable digital database maintained for public benefit and use and is available to view online at 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 Authority's headquarters, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9JQ by appointment (please see update below!).

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 helps inform the Authority's decisions on planning applications 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.

Contact us

23 March 2020 - COVID-19 (Corona Virus) update. Due to current Government guidance, the HER office at Parke is currently unable to take visitors. We will update the situation as soon as we are able.

For HER enquiries please email archaeology@dartmoor.gov.uk or telephone the Historic Environment Record Officer on 01626 832093. Information can be supplied PDF/GIS formats.