Surrey’s Historic Environment Record (HER) is a key resource for those interested in finding out about the county’s archaeology.
Formerly known as the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR), it contains a wide range of archaeological information, from the Palaeolithic to the present day. It features:
- Standing monuments, like the ruins of a Norman Castle
- Excavations, often in advance of development
- Sites identified in archaeological surveys and from aerial photographs
- Documentary evidence, such as a watermill shown on a 18th Century map
- Information on protected sites, such as Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments and Historic Parks and Gardens
An information panel explaining more about the archaeology described on this site and be viewed by clicking here.
There are also a number of other resources when starting to explore the archaeology of Surrey.
Surrey Archaeological Society exists to help protect, record and interpret all aspects of the history and archaeology of Surrey.
They hold events and talks throughout the year.
The society produces both a Bulletin nine times a year, with details of recent archaeology, and an annual journal, the Collections, with academic articles on the county’s archaeology and history.
These form an important part of the Historic Environment Record.
Many local history and archaeological groups have, and continue to carry out archaeology. A selection of these societies is listed on the Surrey Heritage website.
Many museums, including some of those featured on this site, hold extensive archaeological collections with many items on display. There are over 40 museums in the county; full details are on the Surrey Museums website.