The Tyne and Wear Archaeology Service is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the Tyne and Wear Historic Environment Record (HER), the database of known archaeological and historical sites throughout the five districts which once formed Tyne and Wear (Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland). There are over 17,000 sites on our database, which include monuments, earthworks, cropmarks, historic parks and gardens, battlefields, industrial sites and twentieth century defence sites. We hold a wide collection of associated historic maps, photographs, archaeological fieldwork reports and reports on historic building recording.
Sitelines is an online version of the Tyne and Wear HER. Please note this is only updated periodically and holds data on monuments not archaeological events only it must NOT be used by professional archaeologists as an alternative to the HER.
An abridged version of the HER can also be found on Heritage Gateway.
Search fees/opening times
A charge will normally be made for consulting the HER to cover staff time. It will vary according to the nature of the enquiry. Some fees may be waived for non-commercial use.
Staff time per half hour: £50. A search will normally take one hour of staff time resulting in a £100 charge.
The HER is available for public and professional consultation by appointment Monday to Friday after 1pm only.
Fees for HER search will be invoiced to the HER user by Newcastle City Council's finance department. All fees are subject to review.