Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust maintains the Historic Environment Record (HER) for Perth and Kinross. This searchable database contains information of over 17,000 records of archaeological monuments, historic buildings, artefact find spots and significant places. Information is also held on statutory and non-statutory designations for the historic environment (Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, Gardens and Designed Landscapes and Conservation Areas) and on events (e.g. archaeological fieldwork) carried out within Perth & Kinross.
The PKHER is open for public research and commercial enquiries. Public research enquires are free of charge. The PKHER Access to Information and Charging Policy gives detail of how to make an enquiry. PKHER geographical information (GI) is available for viewing on Pastmap.
Historic Building Technical Guidance
Whether you are a home owner, a landlord or a construction professional, if you're looking for guidance on building conservation best practice then Historic Environment Scotland offers a wide range of helpful documents catered to different levels and requirements. The short guides include topics such as sash and case windows; guttering; slate roofs; masonry and mortars; insulation and damp. The INFORM guides are a highly accessible series of entry level publications full of helpful information. The Short Guides series provide more in-depth guidance and the Technical Advice Notes are even more detailed and orientated towards professionals. Expert building advice articles on building components, building materials, and common problems are available on the Historic Environment Scotland 'Engine Shed' website.
Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust provides the planning archaeology service for Perth and Kinross Council in line with national planning policy (Scottish Planning Policy sections 135-151) and policy HE1 of the Perth and Kinross Local Development Plan. This involves screening each planning application made to the Planning Authority for its impact on the historic environment. While preservation and enhancement of heritage assets is the preferred outcome, in some cases development will have an unavoidable impact. In these cases, mitigation – usually in the form of investigating and recording the asset – will be required. This may take the form of an historic building survey, fencing-off of sensitive assets, archaeological monitoring of ground-breaking works or archaeological excavation. PKHT will provide Terms of Reference to set the scope of archaeological work required. We encourage pre-application enquires.
If you have planning permission with an archaeological condition attached or a pre-application enquiry, please contact the Heritage Officer.
As of the 1st of April 2015, PKHT can no longer provide land managers and foresters archaeological information and advice free of charge. We welcome commercial enquires in regard to management options for heritage assets or for an extract of records from the HER – please see the PKHER Access to Information and Charging Policy.