Winchester’s wealth of history is now online

Press Release: 05/05/2009

Photograph of the King's House by William Savage (1817-87)

A wealth of information about the Winchester District’s historic sites and development is now available to the public online, thanks to a grant from English Heritage.

Winchester City Council’s Historic Environment Team is celebrating the launch of their Historic Environment Record (HER) on the web. For the first time, information on Winchester’s archaeology, historic buildings, structures, and landscapes can now be accessed 24 hours a day – all over the world.

The HER has traditionally been used by council officers to help manage and protect Winchester’s important archaeology and treasured historic buildings. However, there has been a growing interest in the resource from many people including university students, family historians, developers, and schools.

In making the HER available on line via the Heritage Gateway, Winchester City Council has worked in close partnership with English Heritage. The national heritage body provided grant funding to support the Winchester project, as part of its national objective of making local records from across the country available in a single, easy-to-access web database.

Tracy Matthews, Archaeology Officer at Winchester City Council said: “Winchester is known for its rich archaeological information, thanks to the       very high profile work carried out here over many decades by renowned academics and numerous archaeological organisations.  We are delighted to be able to share this information with the wider public, in a way which is easily accessible to all.”

The Heritage Gateway brings together national and local records held by a range of agencies; helping to create a more complete picture of our country’s heritage. To find out more, log onto http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/gateway and start exploring!