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Archaeology

Derbyshire has an incredibly rich and diverse archaeological resource with internationally important sites and landscapes such as Creswell Crags, Hardwick Halls, Bolsover Castle and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, 495 Scheduled Monuments. And a wealth of undesignated archaeological sites ranging in period from the Ice Age to the Cold War.


A mill, a wheel, a digging site and a field

Coronavirus update

We aim to deliver the planning and Historic Environment Record service (HER) as normal but are working from home following government guidance. Please contact using mobile or email. Direct visits to the HER are not possible at this time, and access to some source material may not be accessible.

Site monitoring visits will only be undertaken where strictly necessary and where appropriate social distancing measures are in place. Thank you for your understanding.

Archaeology team

Our archaeology team manages and maintains the Derbyshire Historic Environment Record (HER), and provides advice on archaeology and the historic environment to landowners, developers and members of the public. We also advise on strategic, policy and planning issues within the council.

We work in partnership with 9 local planning authorities in Derbyshire, including Derby City Council. We provide archaeological advice on planning proposals and applications across the county (outside the Peak District National Park). We support our partner authorities in scoping and monitoring appropriate archaeological responses and outcomes within the planning process.

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Derbyshire Historic Environment Record

The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a continually updated, digital and physical record of all known historic and archaeological sites in Derbyshire. The HER underpins all our advisory and planning work and is an essential tool for anybody researching Derbyshire's historic environment.

Although some of this data can be previewed using the Heritage Gateway, for full detail including GIS mapping we recommend that you carry out a data search with us.

Access to the HER is free to members of the public and private researchers, including teachers, students and charitable or voluntary heritage organisations. For commercial purposes, there is a standard charge of £140. For particularly complex or extensive searches (more than 2 hours staff time) an additional £50 per hour or part hour will be charged. We aim to return the results within 7 working days, but are typically provided within one or 2 days. For a fee estimate or to discuss the scope of your search please contact Dana Campbell, historic environment record officer, email: dana.campbell@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 533362, mobile: 07881 850743.

The quality of the HER depends on a continuous flow of information coming from both professional archaeologists and members of the public. Please get in touch if you:

  • want to tell us about a site
  • want to share your own research
  • are interested in volunteering to help enhance the record and improve your skills and knowledge