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Bedford Borough Historic Environment Record

COVID-19 status update: Physical access to Bedford Borough HER is restricted but we remain open for search enquiries and data can still be provided by pdf and in GIS formats. See our website for further updates.

Host Local Authority:
Bedford Borough Council

Other Local Authority areas covered by HER:

Contact information for key staff:
NameJob Title TelephoneEmail
Vanessa ClarkeSenior Archaeologist01234 718560
(Ext. 47560)
Geoff SaundersArchaeologist01234 718561
(Ext. 47561)
 HER Officer 01234 718558Matthew.Tuohy@bedford.gov.uk

Access to HER information:
Access to Online Database: via Heritage Gateway
Information on HER Services: Bedford Borough Historic Environment Record

Room 7
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street

MK42 9AP

Office National Grid Reference: 
  TL 04790 49287

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
10am -12 noon & 2pm - 4pm

Visitor Facilities:
  • Dedicated Historic Environment Record room with two visitor desks.
  • Appointments are required.
  • Access is free for the public, students and other researchers.
  • The HER charging schedule for commercial enquiries is available online as part of the Archaeology Charging Schedule.
  • Designated public access PC.
  • HER searches can be sent out in paper or digital format but a visit to the HER is recommended to allow users to access all the information available and discuss the results with HER staff.
  • Staff on hand to show how information can be found. 
  • Visitors to the HER also have access to free advice from the Service's Development Control Archaeological/ Countryside Advisors.
  • Photocopying and scanning facilities available for a small charge subject to copyright.
  • Wheelchair Access is available.
  • The HER is easily accessible by public transport and car. 
Range of information available:

We provide a friendly and inviting service to cater for your local studies needs with a variety of sources of information available including:

  • Digital HER database with GIS Mapping 
  • Extensive collection of both vertical and oblique aerial photographs from the 1940’s onwards (archaeological and non-archaeological)
  • Historic Maps
  • Published material
  • Unpublished material
  • Archaeological Fieldwork Reports
  • Statutory Designations
  • Large collection of historic building photos comprising listed and non-listed buildings. 
  • Parish surveys

Information correct as at 11 November 2021

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