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Accessing Information from the HER

Information contained within the Historic Environment Record is accessible to all interested in the archaeology of Southeast Wales.

The Trust recieves grants to allow it to provide information free of charge to private or academic researchers and local and national bodies. However, for enquiries of a commercial nature, perhaps related to development or planning matters, a charge is levied to cover the cost of staff time to process the enquiry; this is at a rate of £60 +VAT per hour or part hour. A proirity service is offered subject to staff availability (two working days), for an additional fee of £30 +VAT.

We welcome enquiries either by phone, letter, email or fax. All enquirers are asked to complete an enquiry form and to read and accept the Welsh Archaeological Trust’s Guidelines for Access and Charging and Conditions of Access. Copying is subject to copyright ownership and in some cases a copyright holder will need to be consulted before material can be released. To download an equiry form visit our Enquiries page on the right.

Alternatively a visit can be made to the HER in person, however, we ask that an appointment be made in advance. A dedicated public workstation is provided with access to the digital record and mapping. Staff will be on hand to assist with any queries and retrieval of paper records. Access is also available to our report archive and small reference library.

Opening hours:

The HER is open to the public by appointment Monday to Friday 9.30-1.00 and 2.00-4.00. We are closed on Bank Holidays.


Archwilio is the online access system to the Historic Environment Records (HERs) of Wales. The system has been developed through a partnership of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts to provide wider public access to this valuable resource. We believe that the dissemination of information leading to a wider understanding of our cultural heritage and historic environment is the most effective conservation tool. Archwilio translates as to explore, examine or audit and therefore encapsulates the use of the HERs in relation to the historic environment.

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