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The history of the Essex SMR/HER was compiled by me into the HER Audit introduction. This is updated with each Audit. It tells me the first attempt at integrating the SMR with GIS was with Monarch (an Oracle database) in 1996.

 

Alison

 

From: Issues related to Historic Environment Records [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Crispin Flower
Sent: 28 April 2014 14:10
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Subject: Re: Friday question - ideas for a birthday celebration

 

This all touches on an issue I was discussing with folk in Norfolk and Suffolk HERs last week – we should really be keeping histories of how our HERs have developed – technological changes, staff, significant data acquisitions and enhancement programmes, changes in recording policies, etc.

This is really important for many reasons, and some do so already. But for many HERs it seems to be mainly in the heads of the senior members of the community (or lost forever)!

Just a thought, but we would be happy to provide and host a web site with a kind of history for every HER, that you (HER officers) would be able to complete as time permits from the year dot and then into the future. Permissions to edit the history for each HER could either be limited to that HER itself, or open to anyone who knows stuff… you decide. I think public location for this would be useful, more so than private documents.

Would this be useful? Or perhaps it should be within IFP?

Crispin

 

From: Issues related to Historic Environment Records [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mike Shaw
Sent: 28 April 2014 13:48
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Subject: Re: Friday question - ideas for a birthday celebration

 

I hope that someone still has an optical incidence card reader.  It should go into the SMR/HER museum when one is created – or perhaps there could be an online museum – that would be a way of celebrating 15 years of HER forum or in 2017 50 years of SMRs.

 

Or am I getting carried away?

 

Mike

 

Mike Shaw

Archaeologist, Education & Enterprise

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From: Issues related to Historic Environment Records [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Hopkins, David (ENV)
Sent: 28 April 2014 13:41
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Subject: Re: Friday question - ideas for a birthday celebration

 

… if you will excuse a reminisce. When I first started with Berkshire SMR in the1980s the optical coincidence reader was stored under my desk. We didn’t use it, but it was there in case we needed to return to ‘old school’ methods. The SMR was on the mainframe, and our call on computing time was over night when there was spare capacity. When the first desk computers were installed, one of two per department, we were told the future would be OPD (one per desk), but that seemed like a pipe dream.

 

Enough I think …… sorry to break into your day

 

David

 

David Hopkins
County Archaeologist
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Elizabeth II Court West, The Castle, Winchester SO23 8UD

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From: Issues related to Historic Environment Records [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mike Shaw
Sent: 28 April 2014 12:15
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Subject: Re: Friday question - ideas for a birthday celebration

 

For anyone really interested Don Benson’s article regarding setting up of the SMR is available at http://oxoniensia.org/volumes/1972/benson2.pdf

 

He says that:

 

FOLLOWING the establishment of the Oxford City and County Museum

in 1965 one of several problems facing newcomers to the problems of the

history and archaeology of the region was the lack of any locally accessible and

comprehensive index of sites and finds. From time to time over the following

two years the scope and requirements of such an index were considered, and

various methods of data processing and information retrieval were investigated.

 

Regards,

 

Mike

 

Mike Shaw

Archaeologist, Education & Enterprise

Tel. Office: 01902 555493

 

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Wolverhampton City Council

 

 

 

From: Issues related to Historic Environment Records [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lisk, Susan - Environment & Economy
Sent: 28 April 2014 11:50
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Subject: Re: Friday question - ideas for a birthday celebration

 

Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment, David.

 

Yes, Don Benson set up the Oxon SMR, the 1st local authority SMR, but in 1967 not 1965 – James Bond corrected me as I thought the same thing!

 

Thanks for the mention.

 

Best,

Susan

 

Susan Lisk

Historic Environment Record Officer

Environment & Economy

Speedwell House

Speedwell Street

Oxford OX1 1NE

 

01865 810825

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From: Issues related to Historic Environment Records [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Baker
Sent: 25 April 2014 19:34
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Subject: Re: Friday question - ideas for a birthday celebration

 

15 years is an achievement, but don't lose sight of the longer and more venerable heritage.  We must be approaching the 50th anniversary of Saint Don Benson starting the Oxfordshire SMR - was it 1965 ?  Susan Lisk: are you still there and can you enlighten / confirm ?  That should indeed be a celebration.

 

All best

 

David Baker
 
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Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 9:39 AM

Subject: Friday question - ideas for a birthday celebration

 

Dear all,

 

A Friday question with a bit of a difference but definitely on topic :)

 

This June the HER Forum list celebrates its 15th birthday. This is quite an achievement, especially as the list remains quite active.

 

It would be great if we could find a way to celebrate this achievement on the list - a digital celebration if you will. So for the week where the birthday falls we'd like to do some on-list activities. We'll be asking you to reminisce about your time on the list, what you like about it etc. (So make sure you save your stories for then!) We will also be asking for you ideas for the future for both the e-mail list and the Forum meetings.

 

However I'd like to throw this out to you, the subscribers, and ask what you would like to do to mark the occasion? Maybe a special Friday query session or a quiz of sorts?

 

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

 

all the best


Sarah

 

Sarah MacLean MA MIfA

Heritage Information Partnerships Supervisor

English Heritage

Designations Department

Engine House

Firefly Avenue

Swindon

SN2 2EH

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