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Subject Committee: Historic Environment Records

The HER Committee informs, advises and acts for the Executive Committee and membership of ALGAO UK on the development and maintenance of Historic Environment Records (HERs), standards and the role of HERs in informing activities such as planning, land management, academic research and public outreach.

The majority of HERs (also known as Sites and Monuments Records (SMRs) and Urban Archaeological Databases (UADs)) are maintained by local authorities and trusts. A HER typically covers a defined geographic area such as a county, national park or unitary authority. For an overview on HERs in the home nations see:

HERs in England
HERS and SMRs in Scotland
HERs in Wales

On behalf of the Executive Committee and membership of ALGAO UK, the HER Committee will promote best practice in HERs, including associated legislation, guidance and practices affecting the provision of services and standards, and commissioning research on such matters when required. The HER Committee liaises with the relevant national statutory agencies, host organisations, developers, users, user groups and other ALGAO committees on matters relating to HERs and other matters of common interest.

The Committee's terms of reference can be found here:
ALGAO-UK HER Committee Terms of Reference

The minutes of the last HER Committee meeting held on Wednesday 24th January 2018, can be found below:
18_01_24 ALGAO-UK HER Committee Meeting - Minutes 1 Minutes
18_01_24 ALGAO-UK HER Committee Meeting - Minutes 2 Group Updates

An archive of the minutes of the HER Committee’s meetings can be found here:
ALGAO-UK HER Committee Minutes

The next meeting of the committee is Wednesday 23rd May 2018. The agenda can be found here:
18_05_23 ALGAO-UK HER Committee Meeting Agenda


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For further information on standards and guidance for HERs see:

Informing the Future of the Past
Historic Environment Records in England Advice Note (draft)
Historic Environment Records in Wales: Compilation and Use
Historic Environment Records in Wales: Standards and Benchmarks
Scotland’s Historic Environment Data (SHED) Strategy

Historic Environment Record Services and Research Projects in England
The Historic Environment Record Services and Research Projects in England advice note is for anyone planning to undertake academic research projects using data from HERs. It outlines the current situation regarding HERs in England and identifies approaches that will facilitate the collection and use of HER data for research purposes.

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