How do I consult the Surrey Historic Environment Record?

Historic Environment Record - coronavirus and office move

The Surrey Historic Environment Record (HER) continues to operate and offer most but not all of its usual search and enquiry services despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and moving out of its office at County Hall in Kingston at the end of 2020.

As a consequence of the current restrictions in place for England, the HER team has very little access to its office-based resources (published materials and physical archive). We encourage you to contact the HER with any enquiry you may have, but ask that you bear in mind that all HER team members are working almost exclusively from home currently and that it may not be possible to provide full responses to all requests for information as a result. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please do not send enquiries by post. To contact the HER please use the online enquiry form or email: her@surreycc.gov.uk

Enquiries to the Surrey Historic Environment Record (HER) are welcome, either by email or online enquiry form. The record is managed by the Historic Environment Planning team and is based at Quadrant Court, Woking.

The HER is a computerised database, as well as a reference library containing a range of publications and unpublished material, which are available for consultation by appointment. Resources available to researchers include:

  • The main HER electronic database, allowing rapid searches to be made by geographical area, historical period, types of site or find, and many other criteria.
  • Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 maps covering the whole area of Surrey, marked with original Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) locations and areas of archaeological interest, plus copies of other historical maps.
  • Over 1,000 unpublished archaeological contractors and consultants fieldwork reports (also known as "grey literature").
  • Local journals and publications.
  • Information on Scheduled Monuments within Surrey.

A completed, signed enquiry form must be received by the HER before any request for information can be answered. An online form is available via the link below. Please be as specific as possible about the information you require when completing the form. Any supporting files (plans, shapefiles) should be sent separately via email to her@surreycc.gov.uk; please attach the files directly to the email as the HER is unable to receive zip files and other compressed files.

Submit an HER enquiry request online

There is no charge for using the HER unless the data are being collected for commercial purposes. For public research, educational or personal interest purposes, a charge may be applied in circumstances when the requirement is of a scale that will take members of the HER team more than two hours to complete.

The HER guidelines for users provide more information about the terms and conditions of use of HER data.

Summary versions of most HER data are also available to search online via the Exploring Surrey's Past website.