Discovering York’s rich archaeological heritage from above and below ground can now be done online, thanks to a new service launched by City of York Council.

The Historic Environment Record (HER) can be accessed via:

The Historic Environment Record includes information on the city walls, archaeological monuments and 1000s of archaeological interventions across the whole city.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said: “York has an incredibly rich heritage, so we’re delighted that through this project we’re able to make thousands of archaeological projects and records available for everyone to enjoy for the very first time online. We hope this will encourage even more people to learn about what archaeological treasures lie above and below ground in York.”

The work has been led and is maintained by the council’s archaeologist in collaboration with the council’s city walls team.

 Claire MacRae, City Archaeologist at City of York Council, said: “The City of York Historic Environment Record, which includes information on our monuments, buildings, city walls and archaeological deposits is a vital resource.

“It contains data from a wide variety of sources and has grown organically over the past 30 years. It has, until now, been mostly utilised by professional archaeologists and academics but it is hoped that by making it more accessible and user friendly via this new accessibility within the CYC website, it can be shared with everyone.”

The website will also feature a blog, which will highlight different aspects of the above and below ground archaeological resource of York.

The HER is the primary archaeological database for York and is mostly used as a planning tool. The public facing site will be updated in real-time from the live database.

Photo credit: Olivia Brabb Photography

Executive members and their portfolios:                                  

  • Leader of the Council – Policy, Strategy and Partnerships – Cllr Keith Aspden on 01904 551934

For further information please contact:

Debbie Manson

City of York Council

T: 01904 555764

M: 07917 052 479

Newsdesk / Out of hours: 01904 555515


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