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A5 – Historic Environment Record

Use the Dales Countryside Museum and the Historic Environment Record to help local heritage groups to research, record and promote the stories of the National Park area, including completing the enhancement of the Historic Environment Record for the new area of the National Park by 2024. 


How the local partners are doing on this objective

Progress: Through a partnership with Leeds University, dialect datasets have been created for the area within a 30-mile radius from Dales Countryside Museum. A team of oral history volunteers has been established and 33 oral history interviews have been completed, edited and shared through an exhibition, events and displays.

Historic England has completed the first two phases of the HER enhancement – carrying out Lidar mapping across 172 km2 of the Westmorland area of the National Park. The surveys identified more than 1,500 new sites of historical importance. A further 100 km2 will be mapped over the next 2 years, with funding from Historic England.

Press Releases & Related articles:

26 March 2024 – Historical sites discovered in Westmorland Dales

Rationale: The Historic Environment Record (HER) is an actively managed and dynamic record of the known historical environment.  The information it contains is used to inform conservation, development and land management programmes, and as a resource to both encourage greater understanding and public appreciation of the historic environment of the National Park.  The HER for the new area of the National Park is less comprehensive and would benefit from enhancement. This will improve it as a knowledge base for managing the historical environment, and target future research.

Lead partnerYorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Supporting partners:  Yorkshire Dales Historic Environment Group, Historic England

Further information:  YDNPA – Historic Environment Record; Dales Countryside Museum;

Cost over 5 years:        £200,000

Funding shortfall:         £50,000

Related objectives:      A1; A6; A7, A8, A9, E3, E4

Ecosystem services:   Sense of place and inspiration; Sense of history

Trade-offs:  None.  Information stored in the HER is used to inform decision-making.

Baseline: Extension area HER records as of 12/3/19: Monuments:6,978; Events:184; Sources:107