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Archaeology in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The buildings, monuments, sites and landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are its 'heritage assets'. They reflect the history of the area and help make it such a special place.

Our role is to put measures in place to protect and conserve these assets. We also aim to deepen public understanding of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

We work particularly closely with the Government's adviser, Historic England.

Historic Environment Record

One of our tasks is to maintain the Historic Environment Record (HER). This is the index of all known and recorded archaeological sites and historic environment features in the National Park. It is a repository of knowledge and an effective tool in the protection of the areas heritage.

The core digital data of the HER is hosted on the Archaeology Data Service. This can be viewed by entering 'Yorkshire Dales National Park' in the keyword field. It can also be accessed through our own website,

The HER can also be viewed at our Bainbridge office. Please contact us to arrange a mutually convenient time.


In addition to our own research, we also encourage others to investigate the historic environment. We have a small budget for grants to assist in practical conservation projects and for research - please contact us for more details.

Annual day school

We organise and run an annual day school on the historic environment which is usually held at Grassington in the spring. This provides an opportunity for individuals and societies to disseminate the results of their recent work and to find out what is happening.

Lead Mining Exhibition at Richmond Station

The impact of lead mining on the Yorkshire Dales and the work needed to conserve the remains of the industry are being highlighted in an exhibition of photographs. The Station, Richmond are hosting the exhibition – called ‘The Hills Afford Great Store of Lead’ – from Saturday 7th January to Wednesday 1st February 2017. The exhibition will be displayed in The Artisan Gallery.

The photos form part of the Yorkshire Dales Historic Environment Record – which records all known archaeological and historical sites and buildings in the area – and they were originally taken as part of conservation work by the Authority’s Historic Environment team.

Robert White, the Authority’s Senior Historic Environment Officer, said: “The name of the exhibition comes from a quotation by William Camden, one of the first tourists to visit the Yorkshire Dales over 300 years ago in 1695.”

The captions from the exhibition are available to download by following the link below.

Lead Mining Exhibition Captions pdf

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