Volunteering with Heritage
Kent's Historic Environment Record has information on
archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes,
archaeological events and sources. These records are linked to a
digital mapping system.
The database is maintained by Kent County Council and is
The information in the Historic Environment Record comes from a
range of sources - archaeological projects carried out as part of
the development control process, academic and other
researchers, national projects and casual or chance
Similarly, it is used for a range of purposes - to inform
planning decisions and archaeological projects, as a basis for
archaeological research and for education, public access and
An enormous amount of new archaeological work is carried out
each year. We receive hundreds of archaeological reports every
year, in addition to the results from a large number of research
All this information needs to be added to the Historic
Environment Record, so that everyone can use it.
How can I help?
Kent County Council is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to
add information to the Historic Environment Record, and play a
critical role in the conservation of Kent's heritage.
You may already have extensive knowledge, and we hope that you
will feel able to add this to our existing information.
What would I do?
Volunteer Historic Environment Record Officers work within our
Historic Environment Record team, helping to create new records
from our collection of archaeological reports.
We provide full training and support during your volunteer
period (no previous experience is required). You will work through
the archaeological reports, compare them with existing records and,
as appropriate, either add information to existing records or
create new ones.
Most of this work is based on the reports alone, but sometimes,
it is necessary to use aerial photographs, historic maps or other
documentary sources to enhance the record.
What would I learn?
Lots! Volunteers wishing to make a career in archaeology will
gain vital experience at working with a real Historic Environment
Record in a busy county Heritage team.
You will learn about the thinking process behind Historic
Environment Records, the software used and how information is
gathered and managed.
Volunteers who are just interested in making a contribution to
Kent's heritage will learn about the very latest archaeological
discoveries in the county, much more about their own area or theme
of interest and how a busy county unit operates.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone with an interest in the heritage of Kent and a solid
understanding of UK archaeology can volunteer. You might be an
undergraduate studying archaeology, a member of a local history or
archaeology society, a graduate or archaeologist looking for more
experience or a member of the public with good knowledge of the
past who wants to become involved in Kent's heritage in a
All we ask is that you commit to spending some time with us.
This can be either full-time or part-time.
How can I find out more?
Please contact the Heritage Conservation Team to get