About Herefordshire Archaeology
is the county archaeological service maintained by Herefordshire Council. It is located within Economic, Environmental and Cultural Services in the Council's Economy, Communities and Corporate Directorate. The service exists to assess, investigate, document, conserve and promote the archaeology and historic landscape of the county and cathedral city. The service has been reduced since 2012 and currently comprises a core staff of three: the Archaeological Advisor (who deals with planning enquiries and development advice), the Archaeological Projects Manager (who deals with research projects, Countryside Stewardship and partnership projects), and the Historic Environment Record Officer (staffed as a job-share).
The service is now based at the new Herefordshire Archive and Record Centre (HARC) at Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, on the southern edge of Hereford.
The vision for Herefordshire Archaeology is for a service that:
- provides a regulatory and investigative framework for improved understanding and management of the County's archaeological resource.
- actively contributes to such understanding and conservation, and acts widely as an advocate for the local historic environment.
- provides public access to information on the resource via the County Historic Environment Record, and events, activities and publications.
Herefordshire Archaeology provides:
- an advisory service for historic conservation, actively pursuing effective resource management and supporting regeneration initiatives.
- a documentation and information service, centred upon the County Historic Environment Record, and its website Herefordshire Through Time (this website).
- an investigative and community service, with fieldwork, conservation works, local heritage projects, public events and productions.
Conservation Advisory Activity
The Archaeological Advisor and the Archaeological Projects Manager provide conservation advice. This includes advice on the archaeological and historic landscape implications of development within and beyond the planning system, including in respect to farming and forestry. The Archaeological Advisor also manages the Hereford Area of Archaeological Importance, and the Archaeological Projects Manager advises on the longer-term management of important historic landscapes and ancient monuments, produces Conservation Management Plans, and deals with Countryside Stewardship matters.
Documentation and Information Activity
The Historic Environment Record (HER) Officer (job-share) manages the county HER. The HER is an integral part of the county archaeological service, maintaining over 31,000 records relating to the historic environment, including a substantial collection of oblique and vertical archaeological aerial photographs. A Development Plan produced in consultation with English Heritage sets out a programme of work towards the enhancement and expansion of the Historic Environment Record.
Investigative and Community Activity
The investigative aspects of the work of the county archaeological service are varied, and are delivered by means of a series of projects and partnerships. The Archaeological Projects Manager delivers much of the service agenda for investigation and recording (including survey and excavation), research, outreach, interpretation and working with local communities.
All Herefordshire Archaeology staff members are engaged in work that aims to raise public awareness and appreciation of the county's archaeology and historic landscape. Forthcoming events, including an annual symposium, monthly historic landscape walks, and other engagements can be found on the events page of this website. A series of archaeological project summaries and reports is produced each year.