The main aims of the Revealing Cheshire's Past project were to enhance appreciation and care of the local historic environment whilst facilitating community involvement. The HLF’s Unlocking Britain’s Past initiative provided the opportunity to develop existing outreach activities by funding an advanced information access project. The project was set up to:
- To promote the understanding, study and awareness of Cheshire’s heritage to a wide community audience, by providing information in readily accessible formats
- To reach wider audiences by targeting community venues
- To improve the quality of the information provided to existing users
- To deliver educational benefits to the wider community of all ages, through increasing access to information about archaeology in Cheshire
A significant part of the project was the development of the Revealing Cheshire's Past website. Data curated in HBSMR was published to the web using HBSMR Gateway and HBSMR Web.
The Revealing Cheshire's Past website is an online version of the Cheshire Historic Environment Record. It is provided for general, non-commercial, HER enquiries from members of the public, students, researchers etc. The Cheshire HER contains over 10,000 records on a wide variety of buildings and sites, from finds of prehistoric flint tools to medieval castles and Second World War pillboxes, within the County of Cheshire (the area covered by Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington Councils).
Users can access the site as 'Guests' or they can register and log-in, which provides a greater variety of search options, images and more detailed records.
Further information from Crispin Flower.