Merseyside Historic Environment Record

The Merseyside Historic Environment Record (HER) was managed by National Museums Liverpool from on behalf of Merseyside’s local unitary authorities until March 2011. From April 2011 until March 2014 the HER was curated by NML. From 1 April 2014 the management of the Merseyside HER transferred to the Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service (MEAS).  

Through funding from the five borough councils of Merseyside and support from English Heritage the HER is now in the process of being digitised. During this process the skeleton digital records (GIS point data and limited information on the record concerned) can be requested via the HER enquiries service.

Enquiries should be sent to, specifying National Grid coordinates for the centre point of the area you wish searched and a radius for the search area. Given the developing nature of the HER it is not currently possible to run thematic or period based searches. Data will be supplied as GIS MapInfo tables within seven working days. There is a charge for this service.

If you require additional information, including details on sites identified in the digital data supplied in response to an enquiry, you may request an appointment to review the paper records held at the HER office in Bootle. There is a charge of £60 per hour, or part hour, and access is by appointment only. This charge applies to all commercial and non-commercial/research enquiries. Developers and consultants are strongly encouraged to make use of the service as a source of information to support the planning application process.  

The Museum of Liverpool holds the regional archaeology collection of finds, paper and digital archives from archaeological research in Merseyside, which is open to new acquisitions of site archives from the region.  Archaeological contractors should make arrangement for deposition of site archives at the outset of a project, and the curatorial team at the Museum of Liverpool is willing to be involved in the process and can provide guidelines and advice for the deposition of an archive.  

Contact Curator of Archaeology and the Historic Environment, Liz Stewart using this contact form.

The Museum of Liverpool also hosts the Finds Liaison Officer of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Vanessa Oakden, for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Contact Vanessa Oakden using this contact form.