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Virtual door to Buckinghamshire’s history opens through new online Heritage Portal

| August 25, 2020
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The Heritage Portal homepage. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Council)

A new online Heritage Portal is opening a virtual door to Buckinghamshire’s history.

Buckinghamshire’s brand new online Heritage Portal contains around 35,000 records relating to traditional archaeological sites, earthworks, artefacts, historic buildings and local landscapes covering periods from the earliest human settlements to the end of the Cold War and beyond.

Searches can be made with text descriptions or by using a digital map facility. Visitors to the portal can explore in a wide variety of ways, including what’s in a local parish to an overview of archaeology for the whole county.

The portal is the new online version of Buckinghamshire’s Historic Environment Record which has been maintained by the council for nearly 50 years.

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Patrick Hogan said: ‘There’s an amazing array of local information available on the portal including historic mapping, monument records, photos and thousands of other documents.

A massive amount of work has been done to create this facility, so please take a look and start to explore your local history and archaeology. There’s a wealth of information to discover and all at your fingertips.

The new portal can be accessed from home or on mobile devices and is completely free to view. There’s also a blog to keep up to date on recent discoveries and to allow anyone to post comments about individual sites as well as teaching resources on the portal for key stages 2 and 3 making it perfect for online learning and a handy timeline, which outlines the prehistoric and historic periods in Buckinghamshire.

The portal can be accessed at: https://heritageportal.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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