York’s Historic Environment Record (HER) holds information on the city’s archaeological finds, historic buildings and monuments from a variety of sources such as archaeological reports, historic maps and trade directories.
You can browse an online version of monument data from York’s HER through Heritage Gateway which can also be used to access data from North Yorkshire and the North Yorkshire Moors. The Heritage Gateway should not be used as a substitute source of information by those conducting commercial archaeological work.
The 'City of York HER' does not cover the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales or areas under North Yorkshire County Council.
Searching York’s Historic Environment Record (HER)
Read our HER information policy before requesting a data search.
Complete an online commercial HER request form to make a commercial request for information. There are 3 types of search available and fees depend on the type of search required:
- HER Commercial Basic Search (without designation data) = £105 per hour
- HER Commercial Enhanced Search = £210 per hour
- HER Commercial Rapid Response = additional £40 per hour to above prices (availability dependent on staff resources)
A separate online form is available to request information (based on an area search) for students, individuals or community groups, private study or research. There is no charge for this service.
HER archaeological events
Use this map to locate and find information about archaeological events around the city. Zoom into an area and click on a yellow star to access archaeological reports.
HER archaeological monuments
Use this map to locate and find information about archaeological monuments around the city.
Other sources of information
You can add additional information regarding listed buildings and structures via the Enriching the List project run by Historic England.
Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)
Characterisation of rural landscapes and urban townscapes attempts to bring together historic and contemporary aspects of a place to help understand and appreciate it better. It provides information for individuals, communities, planners and developers.
The York HER benefits from 2 characterisation studies, the North Yorkshire HLC (2005 to 2010) and York Historic Environment Characterisation Project (2012 to 2013).