Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year thousands of objects are discovered, many by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

The Treasure Act

All finders of gold and silver objects, and groups of coins from the same finds over 300 years old, have a legal obligation to report such items under the Treasure Act 1996. Now prehistoric base-metal assemblages found after 1 January 2003 also qualify as treasure. Your local Finds Liaison Officer is happy to help you deal with the paperwork and explain the treasure process to you.

Find out more about the Treasure Act on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.

West Midlands Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) 

Angie Bolton, Finds Liaison Officer - Warwickshire & Worcestershire
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 1DT
Telephone: 01905 25371 or email: abolton@worcestershire.gov.uk

Peter Reavill, Finds Liaison Officer - Herefordshire & Shropshire
Ludlow Library and Museum Resource Centre, 7-9 Parkway, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2PG
Telephone: 01584 813641, Fax: 01584 813666 or email: peter.reavill@shropshire.gov.uk

Victoria Allnatt, Finds Liaison Officer – Staffordshire & West Midlands
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham West Midlands, B3 3DH
Telephone: 0121 348 8225 / 0776 6925351 or email: Victoria.Allnatt@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Contribute to archaeological research via MicroPASTS

You can assist existing research projects with tasks that need human intelligence, such as the accurate location of artefact findspots or photographed scenes, the identification of subject matter in historic archives, the masking of photos meant for 3D modelling, or the transcription of letters and catalogues. Other tasks might require on-location contributions by members of the public, such as submitting your own photographs of particular archaeological sites or objects. By contributing to a MicroPasts project you will:

  • Have a direct impact on research in archaeology, history and heritage
  • Help with tasks that computers cannot do
  • Develop skills that interest you
  • Produce results that will be open and freely usable

Visit the MicroPASTS website.