Unlocking Buckinghamshire's Past

Client: Buckinghamshire County Council

As part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project Buckinghamshire County Archaeological Service commissioned exeGesIS to develop the first HER website built with HBSMRWeb back in 2005. The site featured interactive mapping using OpenLayers base-mapping and MapServer as the GIS engine. Support was also provided by the Chilterns AONB Conservation Board, the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society and the Council for British Archaeology.

The database contains over 17,000 records - not only of traditional archaeological sites like excavations, earthworks and stray artefacts but also historic buildings and landscapes, and covers periods from the emergence of the earliest humans to the twentieth century.

The website may be explored using text searches or by searching the digital map, as shown below. It also provides access to a timeline with links to period overview essays and interactive content including a number of games.

Map window and search results

The project was also conceived to deliver dedicated educational material, specifically for use at Key Stages 2 and 3. The HBSMR Themes module was used to create and publish the new educational content. The site also provides guidance on how to start researching the past and getting involved in archaeology.

In mid-2010 the site received a significant facelift and further developments are planned.

Further information from Crispin Flower.

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