The Historic Environment and Estates Service supports local authorities, partner organisations and the public by providing planning-related advice about archaeology and built heritage. It also advises landowners and others on the management of the rural historic environment through agri-environment schemes. It produces a range of popular and academic publications.

Registered Archaeological Organisation

In 2016 the Trust was recognised by the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists as a Registered Archaeological Organisation. Such organisations are professionally accredited and meet a recognised quality benchmark.

Historic Sites

Somerset is filled with beautiful landscapes and historic sites. The Trust works with partners to ensure the conservation and preservation of this heritage for the present and future.

We manage 400 acres of land across nine locations, and are responsible for some iconic places including Cothelstone Hill on the Quantock Hills and Deer Leap on the Mendip Hills.

Explore Somerset’s historic sites


Many major archaeological discoveries have been made in Somerset and excavations continue to improve our understanding of the past.

The Trust provides expert advice to developers and others concerning the management of archaeology.

Read more about some of Somerset’s archaeological discoveries

Conservation, Heritage at Risk and the Public Realm

The Trust provides advice and guidance to Somerset County Council and other local authorities on a wide range of conservation issues affecting the highway, historic buildings and other heritage assets. We also work closely with the diocese of Bath and Wells to give advice on the repair of historic churches.

Read more about our work protecting Somerset’s built heritage

Historic Environment Record

The online Historic Environment Record gives detailed information about thousands of historic sites throughout Somerset. It is the most comprehensive source of public information about Somerset’s built and buried heritage and is constantly updated.