The county council archaeologists are split between two sections - some are within the 'Museums' section and some are within the 'Historic & Natural Environment Team'. The Museums archaeologists deal with community archaeology - if you'd like to get involved with local archaeology groups then this is where you should go. They also manage and develop the Archaeology Collections. The HNET archaeologists deal with planning archaeology, the Historic Environment Record and Historic Landscape Characterisation.
The Museums archaeologists look after various aspects of Community Archaeology including the Leicestershire & Rutland Archaeological Network and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. They also liaise with local groups such as Leicestershire Fieldworkers . The Museums archaeologists manage and make available the Archaeology Collections of objects and archives, which represent the archaeology of Leicestershire.
Historic & Natural Environment Team
In 2010 we published the results of a major county-wide project - Historic Landscape Characterisation.. The project report can be downloaded on this website. As well as these downloads, a lot more detail is held within our computer system and can be queried on request.
The team also keeps the Historic Environment Record up to date. This contains all known archaeological sites in Leicestershire and Rutland as well as other historic features such as Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, Battlefields, etc.
The main job of the team, however, is to check planning applications against the archaeological record and give appropriate advice to districts and boroughs throughout Leicestershire and Rutland (Planning Archaeology).
If you'd like to find out more about Leicestershire's past, here are some links to other websites that might be of interest...
- National Heritage List - government website of all statutorily designated sites (Listed Buildings, Battlefields, Registered Parks & Gardens, Scheduled Monuments).
- Heritage Gateway - a portal to various English Heritage resources and Historic Environment Records around the country.
- Portable Antiquities Scheme - a database of metal detected finds recovered throughout the country, with photographs.
- Images of England - images of listed buildings in England; there are 4260 Leicestershire listed buildings on the site.
- Victoria County Histories - online volumes of the old Victoria County History books for Leicestershire.
- Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust - website for the ongoing Victoria County History project.
- The Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society - many volumes of the Society's journal are now available online.
- The Rutland Local History and Record Society - useful resources for Rutland.
- Historical Directories - online copies of Trade Directories published between 1750 and 1919.
- University of Leicester Special Collections - various resources from the university's special collections.
- Anglo-Saxon Charters - catalogue of Anglo-Saxon charters.
- Institute for Name Studies - the meanings of place names across the country.
- Historic Mapping (1st edition OS) - 1st edition (late C19th) mapping for Leicestershire.
- Historic Mapping - historic maps on the British Library website, including the early C19th OS Surveyor maps.
- Old Maps - various old Ordnance Survey maps.
- Enclosure Maps - online catalogue of places with extant enclosure maps..
- Google Maps - modern aerial photography.
- Bing Maps - modern aerial photography.
- The OASIS Project - catalogue of more recent archaeological work throughout England, with some reports online.
- East Midlands Heritage - downloadable Research Agenda and Strategy for the East Midlands.
Page Last Updated: 14 January 2014