Stewart,Regarding the West Midlands SMR in your table I don't know much except it must have split up and ceased to be between 1986 (when the West Midlands County Council was abolished) and 2000 when we started managing the Solihull SMR on behalf of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.Perhaps this is one for Mike Hodder or Mike Shaw may be able to help with this (being there closer to that time). Or maybe one of the West Mids unitary HERs can help?We have a West Midlands HER Forum meeting next week here in Warwick so I can ask there is you like.BenBen Wallace(Historic Environment Record Manager)BA (EU) Hons, MA, MCIfAWarwickshire Historic Environment RecordArchaeological Information and Advice (AIA),Landscape, Ecology and Historic EnvironmentHeritage and Environment,Community Services,CommunitiesWarwickshire County CouncilPhone: 01926 412734Postal Address: Archaeological Information and Advice, Communities, Warwickshire County Council, PO Box 43, Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4SXPhysical Address: Archaeological Information and Advice, Communities, Warwickshire County Council, Barrack Street, Warwick CV34 4THe-mail: [log in to unmask]On 6 May 2016 at 16:17, Ben Wallace <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Seeing as it is Friday, here is a brief history of the Warwickshire HER with a list of previous officers, I welcome any gaps being filled in as well!A brief history of the Warwickshire HER:A record of archaeological sites and finds has been kept by Warwickshire Museum (as part of Warwickshire County Council) since the 1940s. These started as simple annotated maps with copies of Ordnance Survey record cards for particular archaeological sites. This later developed into an SMR in 1977 when financial assistance for an SMR Officer and SMR Assistant was provided by the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Manpower Services Commission (MSC). Warwickshire County Council assumed responsibility for the SMR in 1983 with the creation of the post of SMR Officer. At this time a Historic Buildings survey took place, also funded by the MSC, covering about half of the county. Between 1987 and 1989, the main record was transferred to a computerised database using a grant provided by English Heritage. The SMR was formally adopted by Warwickshire County Council by Council Resolution on 18th July 1995. In 2001 the SMR started using the HBSMR software which included a GIS system. In December 2003 the SMR created an online website entitled ‘Timetrail’; this was achieved by money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and was one of the earliest successful HER online projectsIn the spring of 2006 the SMR became a Historic Environment Record with the inclusion of Listed Building information and the start of a Historic Landscape Characterisation project.List of Previous Officers:
- Dr RG Lamb (County Archaeological Officer) (1977)
- Helen Maclagan (County Field Archaeologist) (1978?/1979 - 1982)
- Tim Yarnell (SMR Officer) (1982 – 1984)
- Richard Hingley (1984 - 1989)
- John Hodgson (1989 - 1993)
- Emma Jones (1993 – July 2009)
- Ben Wallace (HERM) (September 2009 – present)List of Previous Assistants:
- Sian Williams (1977 – 1978)
- Helen Maclagan (1978 – 1979?)
- Jo Groves (STEP Archaeological Records Assistant) (1979)
- S Wright (1979-1980)
- Gilles Crawford (1980-1981?)
- David Thompson (1983)
- Bette Pehrson (1983)
- Giles Darkes (1985)
- Sian Williams (1987/8)????
- Alan Paxton (1987-1989)
- Candy Stevens (1990)
- Debbie Langley??
- Clare Gathercole (199? – 1999)
- Eleanor Kingston (1999 – 2002?)
- Caroline Rann (2001?)
- Alwen Savage (2002?)
- Louisa Matthews (2002 - 2003?)
- Alison Smith (2003?)
- Anna Stocks (2003 – 2005)
- Ben Wallace (2005 - 2006)
- Alison Smith (2006 - 2007)
- Lindsay Farquharson (2007 - 2008)
- Giles Carey (Jan 2009 - July 2010)
- Ben Morton (Aug 2009 – Aug 2010)
- Caroline Rann (Nov 2010 – sept 2013)
- Giles Carey (Sep 2013 – July 2014)
- John Robinson (Sep 2014 – March 2015)
- William Steele (Sep 2014 - present)
- Keith Elliott (March 2015 – present)Enjoy!BenBen Wallace(Historic Environment Record Manager)BA (EU) Hons, MA, MCIfAWarwickshire Historic Environment RecordArchaeological Information and Advice (AIA),Landscape, Ecology and Historic EnvironmentHeritage and Environment,Community Services,CommunitiesWarwickshire County CouncilPhone: 01926 412734Postal Address: Archaeological Information and Advice, Communities, Warwickshire County Council, PO Box 43, Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4SXPhysical Address: Archaeological Information and Advice, Communities, Warwickshire County Council, Barrack Street, Warwick CV34 4THe-mail: [log in to unmask]On 6 May 2016 at 16:12, Oxley, John <[log in to unmask]> wrote:* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
And here in York ...
1989 deposit model database created for historic core only as part of Ove Arup Study
1996 City of York SMR rose from the ashes of local government reorganisation (merged data from York City Council and North Yorkshire County Council)
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Not within your time frame but for sake of completeness the Exeter City HER was born out of UAD in 2000…….
It’s Friday afternoon after all…..!
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HEROs and SMROs
Many thanks to those that responded to the question concerning the date of creation of your HER/SMR. We have listed those that responded (plus a few others) in ascending order - apologies if we have got any wrong. There are however, a large number that did not respond and we would be grateful if you could let us know, or fill the date table below, even if it’s an estimate. As mentioned in the earlier message, we are looking at the early years (between the late 60s and the local government reorganisation of 1994).
Thanks also to Dinah at South Yorks for referencing the influential Government Circular 11/72 (attached). Although it relates only to ‘field monuments’ (a response to the report of the Field Monuments Committee) it is, in retrospect, probably the most important policy document for SMRs and Local Government Archaeology Services prior to PPG 16. It harks back to the (good old) days when Government felt that it could instruct local authorities to take on new roles and spend money without new legislation and/or multiple, lengthy consultations.
Amongst its recommendations, the Circular instructs County Councils effectively to create SMRs (‘County planning authorities should maintain a consolidated record of known field monuments’); and it is probably the first policy reference to what is now called the local authority curatorial role (‘the safeguarding of unscheduled field monuments is a matter for local authorities to consider though the use of their planning powers and otherwise’ & ‘ County Councils should consider appointing archaeological officers either individually or, in appropriate cases, on a shared or part-time basis. These officers should maintain close relations with the planning department and keep in close touch with the Department's Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments’)
In terms of the creation of SMRs, Circular 11/72 was probably influential in the spate of SMRs which the list below shows were created between 1972 and 1977, and the Field Monuments Report itself (does anyone have a copy?) may have in turn been influenced by the then newly created SMRs at Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire? However, this is still just a theory and more dates are needed in order to establish a clear pattern – and there will no doubt be other factors at play.
So, we look forward to hearing from you.
Stewart and Anwen
Tyne & Wear
Leicestershire & Rutland
Hereford & Worcs
Worcs 1972-3: Hereford & Worcs 1974
Isle of Wight
Yorkshire Dales NP
Lake District NP
North York Moors NP
Dr Stewart Bryant FSA MCIfA
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