What is the Portable Antiquities Scheme?
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is run by the British Museum and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales to encourage the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of archaeological objects are discovered, many of these by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Finds recorded with the Scheme help advance knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales (the PAS finds database can be found here. The Scheme consists of 40 locally-based Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) whose job is to liaise with finders and record their finds.
Who is my local Finds Liaison Officer (FLO)?
Victoria Szafara works as the Finds Liaison Officer (Maternity cover) for Rutland & Leicestershire and is based at Rutland County Museum. Up to date details of all the staff working for the PAS can be found here.
What does Victoria want to see? What does she need to know?
FLOs are interested in seeing all archaeological objects and coins that you have found, but need to be selective in what they record. Finds will be borrowed from you, but will be returned once they have been identified and recorded. It is important that you supply a precise National Grid Reference (at least to 6-figures) for all finds, as without a location, they have little archaeological value. Under the Treasure Act 1996, finders must by law report finds of potential Treasure: the definition of Treasure can be found here. These finds should be reported to the relevant FLO, who is able to provide further advice and guidance on the process.
When can I share my finds for recording?
Upcoming Finds Days*
Saturday 9th December, 10:00 -16:00, Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester
Saturday 16th December, 10:00 – 15:00, Charnwood Museum, Loughborough
*Please feel free to email in advance if you are planning to attend a Finds Day and would like to discuss anything about your finds or the recording process beforehand.
Victoria is also happy to arrange for individual meetings during the regular work week at the Rutland County Museum. Please contact Victoria as email@example.com to discuss and book an appointment.
Where can I find out more?
More information can be found at www.finds.org.uk. Or contact Victoria – see details below.
Rutland County Museum, Catmose Street, Oakham, Rutland. LE15 6HW
telephone: 07973 854977