Enhancing the Historic Environment Record

Hope AnchorHope AnchorDorset County Council maintains a database of archaeological sites, historic monuments and historic buildings within the county, known as the Dorset Historic Environment Record. The database provides information for development control and heritage management purposes. One of the core tasks of the Dorset Coast Historic Environment Survey was adding new information and new sites and monuments to the existing records held by DCC, concentrating on the County’s coast and inshore waters.
 
DataData Wessex Archaeology has examined large numbers of aerial photographs, historic charts and maps, museum catalogues, and gathered information from many organisations. The sources consulted include the National Monuments Record, the Defence of Britain Project, the Receiver of Wreck, the Dorset Coast Forum’s own database of coastal and maritime sites as well as information supplied by local archaeology and history groups.
 
Submerged Aircraft EngineSubmerged Aircraft Engine New sites added to the Historic Environment Record range from prehistoric earthworks to WWII ships and aircraft. Overall Wessex Archaeology has added some 3,000 new monument records to the Historic Environment Record.
 
Lime KilnLime Kiln The database allows archaeologists and others to see information about sites and finds, with quick links to previous archaeological work undertaken (known as Activities) and bibliographic references such as reports, articles and books (known as Sources). Wessex Archaeology has added over 700 activities, over 3,000 sources and 2,400 finds records to the Dorset Historic Environment Record.
 
Dorset’s Historic Environment Record database has a digital mapping capability through a special GIS (Geographical Information System). This allows information to be presented in many different ways according to the users’ needs and preferences. Find out more about how the new Historic Environment Record works.