Archaeological remains provide important evidence about past development and the growth of civilisation and are a finite and non-renewable resource which in many cases is highly fragile and vulnerable to damage and destruction.
The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government’s planning policies on the conservation of the historic environment (this replaced Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for this Historic Environment (PPS5)
Local Development Plan Core Strategy Core Policy 9 (Natural and Built Environment) and the Developer's Guide part 4 allow investigation and protection of Slough's archaeological heritage.
This is supported by Berkshire Archaeology (established in 2004), an archaeological advice service which provides a range of services that include:
Slough's Historic Environmental Record (HER) is available online from the Heritage Gateway website. In the search, select 'More detailed search' then choose the Admin Location tab, and choose 'Slough (Unitary Authority)’ in the drop down list shown in the District/Borough/Unitary box.
All of the Berkshire HER information is in the Local Records section of the Heritage Gateway website. The Heritage Gateway site also contains details of the statutory data held on English Heritage's National Heritage List for England and the National Archaeological Data (including the Excavation Index) and other records.
Finds of archaeological interest are also recorded in the Berkshire Archaelogical Journal with those of sufficient quality recorded in the Berkshire HER.
The Berkshire HER is the successor to the Sites and Monument Record. You can find out more about sites or monuments of historic interest under Local records in the Berkshire HER on the Heritage Gateway website.
There are two sites in Slough which are designated as Scheduled Monuments of national importance under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979. These are the:
Herschel Park is a registered historic park within the Upton Park Conservation Area. Information can be found on the Heritage Gateway site.