Historic Environment Record

The Southampton Historic Environment Record (HER) is the main source of information about archaeology and the historic environment (or heritage) of the modern city of Southampton. The Historic Environment Record is the new name for the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR).

Content of the Historic Environment Record

The HER database includes records of archaeological sites, find spots, monuments and historic buildings. And information on designations such as nationally and locally listed buildings, scheduled monuments, conservation areas and historic parks and gardens. In particular, the HER includes details of all archaeological fieldwork that has taken place in the city. Information on human activity of all periods is included, from the earliest prehistoric times through to the 20th century. The database is supplemented by a library of archaeological reports, books, journals, historic maps and photographs. Part of the HER database is available from the Heritage Gateway

Functions of the HER: The main function of the HER is to provide information and advice to the Historic Environment Team and to developers and archaeological contractors involved in the planning process. The HER is also consulted by members of the public, researchers and students.

Enquiries and contacts: We accept initial enquiries by phone, email or post. All HER users who require HER data should read the HER user guidelines and send in a completed HER enquiry form. Please note that our office is only open to visitors by prior appointment.

Contact us

Historic Environment Record
023 8083 2850
Historic Environment Record Officer,
Historic Environment Team, Planning and Sustainability,
Southampton City Council,
Civic Centre,
SO14 7LY

Outside Southampton

The Southampton HER covers the area inside the city boundary. For areas outside the city boundary please contact the Hampshire Archaeology and Historic Buildings Record.

Archaeology in Southampton: Information about other archaeological services provided by Southampton City Council.

First World War Home Front Legacy Project: Council for British Archaeology project, assisted by the HER.