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The Oxfordshire Historic Environment Record at 50

Lecturer: Susan Lisk
Date: March 6th 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Place: Rewley House

In 1967, the first local authority archaeological database in the country was created in Oxfordshire; it was called the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) and was developed to record the archaeology of the county. This development came at a time when mineral extraction and urban redevelopment threatened the survival of many archaeological sites. The SMR was a simple manual recording system which served as a source of data from cropmarks to earthworks, findspots to excavations. This system evolved into an archive of all archaeological information and sources within Oxfordshire and provided a model for other authorities in England.

Within 5 years of its formation, the Oxfordshire SMR contained over 5000 numbered sites, monuments and finds, which increased yearly, especially after the computerisation of the data in 1999. Changes within the wider SMR world continued rapidly within the following decades, especially with the increasing impact of planning legislation and guidance. These pressures resulted in the expansion of the overall SMR remit to include more national surveys and local data, as well as the recording of archaeological events; these enhancements were reflected in the new name of Historic Environment Records (HER) for their more comprehensive coverage. Oxfordshire’s SMR was rebranded the Oxfordshire HER in 2008.

Today the Oxfordshire HER contains more than 67,000 entries, both as digital records and mapped points or polygons. The prevalence of digital data enables HER information to be sent easily to those requiring it. The HER not only holds some national datasets as separate digital mapping layers (including the Thames Gravel Cropmark Surveys and data from the Portable Antiquities Scheme), but also points to other data, such as Heritage Gateway, a website containing data for all HERs in the country. Glimpses of the future suggest that HERs may hold more national data and become an even more important resource for local authorities to maintain and to share.

Susan Lisk has been the Historic Environment Records Officer for Oxfordshire for almost 25 years.

Rewley House

The Society's speaker meetings and committee meetings are held in Rewley House, Oxford (marked R).

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There are metered parking spaces on the west and north sides of Wellington Square. More spaces are normally available on the west side of St Giles where it joins Woodstock Road. From here it is only a short walk down Little Clarendon Street and across Wellington Square to Rewley House.

Parking in Wellington Square is charged until 6.30p.m. and costs £3.00 for up to one hour and £5.00 for up to two. Park and Ride buses from Water Eaton, Pear Tree and Redbridge stop at the top of St Giles, a short distance from Rewley House.


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