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West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service (WYAAS)Visit West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service (WYAAS)

The West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service (WYAAS) are the curators of the Historic Environment Record (HER) for the five unitary authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, the districts that formerly made up the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire. The HER consists of a database linked to a geographical information system (GIS), recording over 15000 archaeological and historic sites and buildings within West Yorkshire, and covering all periods from the Palaeolithic to the Cold War. Plus non-computerised aerial photograph collections, maps, archaeological fieldwork reports and a library.

The data available through the Heritage Gateway is a sub-set of the complete data in the HER, it is updated regularly but it is not live. Data derived from the Heritage Gateway is not acceptable for use in detailed Desk Based studies prior to development or land use changes. The data on the Heritage Gateway is not licenced for commercial re-use. If you require more information or wish to use data for commercial purposes, please submit a data request to wyher@wyjs.org.uk. For more information see our website https://www.wyjs.org.uk/archaeology-advisory/.

Our office at Nepshaw Lane South, Morley, Leeds, LS27 7JQ is open to visitors by appointment, (when possible), during weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays).

Please note:

  1. The information obtained from Heritage Gateway is intended for use for non-commercial purposes, for research and study purposes only.
  2. If you are using West Yorkshire HER information for commercial or planning purposes (e.g. for a scoping document, desk-based assessment or other development-related study) the use of material on Heritage Gateway is not acceptable; you will need to consult the HER directly to obtain the fullest and most accurate information available and there will normally be a charge for this service. To make your request and to ensure you have the fullest and most updated records please contact the HER directly wyher@wyjs.org.uk.
  3. Because the information in the HER has been compiled from a range of sources, some unchecked, WYAAS does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of any particular piece of information. WYAAS does not accept (so far as the law permits) any liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising out of the information contained in the West Yorkshire HER records and no claim for compensation or negligence will be accepted.
  4. WYAAS strictly prohibits the information being made available from the West Yorkshire HER being used for purposes that damage, or could lead to damage to archaeological sites, historic buildings, landscapes or any aspect of the historic environment.
  5. Due acknowledgement should be made to the West Yorkshire HER where this information is used in any document or publication, whether printed or online.
  6. Users are asked to inform the West Yorkshire HER of any new sites that their researches may discover in West Yorkshire.
  7. The mention of any particular site or feature or building does not imply any right of public access.
  8. Copyright of the data content resides with the WYAAS unless otherwise stated. Information extracted by the user must be used for non-commercial research and personal interests only. The information in the West Yorkshire HER is protected by copyright law and must not be reproduced, copied, passed, sold published, demonstrated, lent or otherwise transferred in data or written form by a third party without prior written licenced consent by WYAAS, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.