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Terms and Conditions

1 Introduction
1.1 (the Site) is operated by The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, otherwise known as Historic England (we and us).
1.2 Use of the Site is on the terms contained in this document (Terms of Use). If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, stop using the Site immediately. By accessing and using the Site you are indicating your acceptance to be bound by these Terms of Use. They are a legal agreement between you and us and can only be amended with our consent. They should be read in conjunction with any details provided on the Site about how the Site operates and the services which are available. You should also read our Privacy Policy.
1.3 We reserve the right to change these Terms of Use from time to time without prior notice by changing them on the Site.
2 Accessing the Site
2.1 We cannot guarantee that the Site will operate continuously or without interruptions or be error-free. You must not attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site and, in particular, you must not attempt to circumvent security, tamper with, hack into, or otherwise disrupt the Site or any computer system, server, router or any other internet-connected device.
2.2 You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets all relevant technical specifications necessary to use the Site and is compatible with the Site. You also understand that we cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that any content of the Site will be free from infection, viruses and/or other code that has contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the safety and reliability of data input and output.
2.3 From time to time, we may restrict access to certain features or parts of the Site, or the entire Site. If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party. You are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your user identification code or password and must notify us immediately of any unauthorised use or other security breach of which you become aware. We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms of Use or if any details you provide for the purposes of registering as a user are false.
2.4 We reserve the right, in our discretion, to withdraw, suspend or modify the Site or certain features or parts of the Site with or without notice to you, where we have reason to do so. There may also be times when the Site or certain features or parts of the Site become unavailable, whether on a scheduled or unscheduled basis. You agree that we will not be liable to you or to any third party for any withdrawal, modification, unavailability, suspension or discontinuance of the Site or any service available on or through the Site.
3 IP addresses and cookies
3.1 We may collect information about your computer including, where available, your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to interested third parties. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
3.2 When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through "Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them".
3.3 Our use of cookies

Author: Historic England

Purpose: Once you have logged on with username and password, so you don't have to do it for every Web page you request from our service and to remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service. This cookie stores first name, surname, regionalisation setting, site stored bookmarks and favourite properties.
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Author: Google

Purpose: So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors. These also help us to understand what visitors want to use and not to use, so we can improve the service you receive and archive what is not used.
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Google's policy on use may be found here: Google cookie policy.

Author: Microsoft
Purpose: Once you have logged on with username and password, so you don't have to do it for every Web page you request from our service.
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3.4 You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting, you may be unable to access certain parts of the Site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you use the Site. The “Help” menu of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. For more information about cookies and how to stop cookies being installed or how to delete existing cookies from your hard drive visit the following website:
4 Accuracy of information
4.1 We will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that information on the Site is accurate, but material included on the Site is not intended to amount to advice or authority on which reliance should be placed. In particular, material on the Site is not suitable for development control purposes or for assembling information for agri-environmental schemes without obtaining further archaeological advice. In England, local authorities offer an archaeological service and maintain a local Historic Environment Record (HER) where further information and advice may be found.
4.2 We make no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, correctness, reliability, quality or originality of any material and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, we accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by any reliance placed on such material by you or anyone to whom you communicate any information gained from such material.
4.3 If you find any inaccurate information on the Site please let us know and we will endeavour to correct it, where we agree, as soon as reasonably practicable.
5 Intellectual property rights
5.1 All content on the Site including but not limited to images, text, software and graphics is protected by copyright. We, or our licensors, own copyright and/or database rights in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such content, as well as in the original content. Historic England and the Historic England logo are trademarks of Historic England.
5.2 Except as expressly set out in these Terms of Use, nothing in these Terms of Use shall give you any rights in respect of any intellectual property owned by us or our licensors. You shall not assert or attempt to obtain any such rights and you shall not use, copy, reproduce, modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, or in any way exploit, our name, trade marks, logos or other proprietary marks, or those of our affiliated organisations, or any of the content of the Site, in whole or in part, except as provided in these Terms of Use.
5.3 You may download material from the Site for your own personal, non-commercial use only. Downloaded material may not be re-copied or shared with any third party. Any other reproduction or extraction requires our written permission and a fee may be charged.
5.4 Except as otherwise expressly permitted by these Terms of Use or under copyright law, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial exploitation of downloaded material will be permitted without our express permission and/or that of the copyright owner. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyright material, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trade mark legend or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyright material.
5.5 The rights granted to you under these Terms of Use shall terminate immediately, and any permission, general or express, to download or reproduce material from the Site will be withdrawn if, in our opinion, you are in breach of any of these Terms of Use.
6 Links to this and other websites
6.1 We may provide hyperlinks from the Site to other internet sites which are operated by other organisations. We are not responsible for external websites that link to the Site or which are linked from it. That we include these hyperlinks does not imply any endorsement of the material on such sites or any association with their operators.
6.2 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to prohibit any link from another internet site to materials or information on the Site. Without prejudice to that right, if you wish to link to the Site, you may only do so on the basis that you link to, but do not replicate, the home page of the Site, and subject to the following conditions:
  6.2.1 the link is neither misleading nor deceptive and must fairly indicate the Site as the destination of the link;
  6.2.2 you do not remove, distort or otherwise alter the size or appearance of our logo;
  6.2.3 you do not create a frame or any other browser or border environment around the Site;
  6.2.4 you do not in any way imply that we endorse any products or services other than our own;
  6.2.5 you do not misrepresent your relationship with us nor present any other false or misleading information about us;
  6.2.6 you do not otherwise use any of the trade marks displayed on the Site without our express written permission;
  6.2.7 you do not link from a website that is not owned by you; and
  6.2.8 any website from which you link to the Site does not contain any content that is distasteful, offensive or controversial, infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or otherwise does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
7 Our liability
7.1 Although we hope the Site will be of interest to users, we accept no liability and offer no warranties or conditions in relation to the Site or its content, to the fullest extent such liability can be excluded by law.
7.2 If you are a consumer and not a business user, we shall not be liable to you for any business losses and shall only be liable for any losses which are reasonably foreseeable.
7.3 If you are a business user, in no event shall we be liable to you for any indirect or consequential loss, loss of profit, revenue or goodwill arising from your use of, or inability to use, the Site or information on the Site. Except as provided in these Terms of Use, all terms implied by law are excluded.
7.4 We do not restrict any liability of ours that cannot, under English law, be limited or excluded.
8 General
8.1 The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England is a non-departmental public body and our head office address is 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2ST. Our VAT registration number is GB654061550.
8.2 Any formal legal notices should be sent to us at the address at the end of these Terms of Use by email and confirmed by post.
8.3 Failure by us to enforce a right does not result in waiver of such right. You may not assign or transfer your rights under these Terms of Use.
8.4 If any part of these Terms of Use is found to be unenforceable as a matter of law, all other parts of these Terms of Use shall be unaffected and shall remain in force.
8.5 You and we agree that English law applies to these Terms of Use and that any dispute between us regarding the Site or arising out of or in connection with these Terms of Use will only be dealt with by the English courts, unless you are resident in another part of the United Kingdom, in which case the applicable law of that part of the United Kingdom will apply and any dispute will be brought before the courts there.
9 How to contact us
  If you experience problems with the Site or would like to comment on it, please feel free to contact us by email at [email protected]

For general enquiries, please feel free to contact us in either of the following ways:

by email at [email protected]

by writing to us at:

Heritage Data Management
Historic England
Kemble Drive
10 Updates
  These Terms of Use were last updated on 11th November 2011.