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Research into South West Local Authority Heritage Services

Have you used a local authority historic environment service in the South West in the past three years? If you have, we would love to hear from you.

With our heritage partners in the South West, we’re carrying out important new research to find out what it’s like to use local authority historic environment services at a time when those services are changing rapidly, largely in response to cuts in local government funding.

Since January 2013, have you...

  • contacted your local Archaeologist?
  • been in touch with your Conservation Officer?
  • been talking to your planning department about a heritage issue?
  • consulted the heritage pages of your local council website?
  • accessed your local Historic Environment Record (HER)?
  • sought any other heritage-related advice from your local authority?

Yes? Then please take a few moments to complete this first-of-its-kind survey.  

Who can take part?

We want to hear from people who own, manage, work on, give specialist advice on or volunteer in heritage projects – in short, anyone who has used a local authority service about a historic environment matter in the South West in the last three years. 

Why is this project important?

This is the first research aimed at finding out whether cuts and other changes to local government historic environment services are affecting people on the ground, and if so, how.

It’s a great opportunity for the South West to lead the way in understanding this major issue for the heritage sector. To make this research as useful as possible, we really need your views.


The survey is being carried out by independent researchers, ERS, so all responses are anonymous. It'll take around 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey will close on Friday 17 March at 5pm and we'll publish the results later this year.

Complete the survey

Who's involved?

We've commissioned this research on behalf of the South West Historic Environment Forum, an influential body which represents the region’s major heritage businesses, funders and advisers. The project is also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund South West.

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