UK heritage information resources online and free-of-charge

Updated: October 20, 2023




  • Buildings at Risk for Scotland Highlights properties of architectural or historic merit throughout the country that are considered to be at risk or under threat. Historic Environment Scotland
  • Canmore: The window into the RCAHMS database. It covers the results of survey and collections material, location information, site details and images on more than 300,000 archaeological, architectural, maritime and industrial sites throughout Scotland. Historic Environment Scotland.
  • Designations database: Search and view records for listed buildings, scheduled monuments, inventory gardens and designed landscapes, inventory battlefields and historic marine protected areas. Historic Environment Scotland
  • HLAmap: An interactive digital map that shows changing patterns of land-use throughout Scotland. The website includes interactive features and content, from a Glossary of illustrations and maps demonstrating how HLA interprets the landscape, to downloadable HLA reports and documents. Historic Environment Scotland
  • PastMap: An interactive mapping service which offers a single point of entry into five major databases covering the built environment in Scotland. Historic Environment Scotland
  • ScotlandsPlaces: Viewing resources ranging from listings of land ownership, details of boundary changes and Register House records, to Medical Officer of Health Reports, Farm Horse Tax Rolls, and photographs, plans and drawings of Scotland’s buildings and archaeology. Historic Environment Scotland, The National Records of Scotland, The National Library of Scotland
  • SCRAN: Scran offers users direct access to more than 360,000 digital resources for studying heritage and material culture. The resources include images, video clips, podcasts and Pathfinder teaching packs linked to both the Scottish and English curriculum frameworks. Historic Environment Scotland


  • Historic Wales: A map enabled portal for historic environment information in Wales. It allows simultaneous searching of hundreds of thousands of records relating to archaeological monuments, historic buildings and artefacts held by Cadw, the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum. Cadw, Welsh Archaeological Trusts, RCAHMW, National Museum
  • Coflein: The online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW). It covers the national collection of information about the historic environment of Wales from the earliest times to the present day, with details of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and maritime sites in Wales. There is also an index to the drawings, manuscripts and photographs held in the NMRW archive collections. Hosted by Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
  • Archwilio: Online access to information on the historic environment records held by the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts. These records fulfill a wide variety of functions including assisting the positive management and presentation of the historic landscape, planning control, and as a source for local history, conservation and tourism projects. Clwyd-Powys, Dyfed, Glamorgan-Gwent & Gwynedd Archaeological Trusts

Northern Ireland

Isle of Man

  • iMuseum: Online database for museum collections, photographs and archive material, information about people, and over 800 records on sites and monuments of the island. Manx National Heritage

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