2000 events later…

27 06 2014

Research Worcestershire

This week, the Worcester City Historic Environment Record hit a significant milestone. A chance discovery by volunteer Peter Walker, while trawling the local newspaper archives at The Hive, led to the addition of the 2000th ‘archaeological event’ to the HER database.

The Worcester City Historic Environment Record (HER) contains digital and paper-based records relating to the archaeological and built heritage of the city. It has two principal points of origin – the Worcestershire/ Hereford and Worcester County Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) and the Worcester City SMR. Worcestershire was relatively early in developing an SMR (from 1972/3), while Worcester City began compiling its own record from the late 1970s onwards, initially based on a card index but later on a computerised index. Today, the Worcester City HER shares an integrated database and Geographic Information System (GIS) with the wider county HER on a software platform called HBSMR, which enables archaeologists…

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