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Isle of Wight County Archaeology and Historic Environment Service


Service Update Coronavirus (COVID-19):

The Archaeological Centre is currently closed to visitors.

We will endeavour to answer any email enquiries but please be aware that our service may be limited.

Further information is provided in a statement from the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) on the impact of the coronavirus on Archaeology and Planning.


Service Update:

From 1 April 2021 there will be a rise in charges for Historic Environment Record (HER) searches. There is also an introduction of charges for some planning advice. These changes to discretionary charges follow the proposals set out in the 2021-22 budget. The IW Council approved the budget in February 2021.

For Historic Environment and Archaeology pre-application advice, please print or download the Planning and Building Control fees and charges  (PDF, 23 pages). 


Safeguarding the future of our Island's past

The Archaeology and Historic Environment Service provides information and advice about the historic environment of the Isle of Wight and its surrounding waters.

We provide advice to the local planning authority, developers, landowners and agents at all stages in the planning process.

We advise on matters relating to the conservation and management of the rural historic environment, including:

  • Environmental Stewardship applications;
  • Woodland Grant Schemes;
  • hedgerow removals.

We maintain the Historic Environment Record (HER). This is the Island’s most comprehensive source of information on all aspects of the historic environment. It provides information from the earliest evidence of humans to the present day.

The Finds Liaison Officer of the Portable Antiquities Scheme carries out finds identifications.