We were delighted to welcome Brent Pullen to the Museum last week to see a very special object within our collection - the first ever Wiltshire Treasure item to be recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme in 1996.
Brent was the finder of this lovely Medieval silver annular brooch. After it was recorded, the Museum purchased the brooch for our collection.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme 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.
We encourage responsible detecting, working with local Finds Liaison Officers.
Brent has recorded finds through our Finds Liaison Officer for many years, previously donating a Pilgrim Badge which is currently on display in our Medieval Gallery.