Reporting finds, Treasure and the Portable Antiquities Scheme

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.

Under the Treasure Act 1996, finders must by law report finds of potential Treasure: the definition of Treasure can be found here. It is normally the case that such finds are reported to the relevant Finds Liaison Officer, who is able to provide further advice and guidance on the process.

The Act allows a national or local museum to acquire Treasure for public benefit. If this happens a reward is paid, which is normally shared equally between the finder and landowner. Rewards are set at the full market value, determined by the Secretary of State who is advised by an independent panel, the Treasure Valuation Committee. Finders or landowners sometimes do not claim their reward, thereby enabling museums to acquire finds at reduced or no cost.

We are especially grateful to those who have reported objects through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and donated finds to the Museum.

For more details of the PAS and Treasure, please see the Portable Antiquities Website at www.finds.org.uk.

Wil Partridge and Denise Wilding the Finds Liaison Officers for Wiltshire and are based at The Salisbury Museum. To discuss recording your finds, please contact them at The Salisbury Museum - telephone: 01722 332151, email: wilpartridge@salisburymuseum.org.uk and denisewilding@salisburymuseum.org.uk.


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