The 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.
Examples of objects found by members of the public, including members of West Kirby Metal Detecting Club , and recorded with the North West branch of the Portable Antiquities Scheme are shown above. Roman finds are fairly common whereas finds from the Iron Age period are unusual.
The Huxley Hoard is a collection of Viking silver discovered near Huxley in Cheshire in 2004.
The hoard is owned jointly by Chester Grosvenor Museum, Cheshire Museums Service and National Museums Liverpool and is usually on display in the History Detectives gallery.
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.
You can learn more about the Treasure Act on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.
Finds liaison officer
The scheme's regional finds liaison officer, covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, is based at National Museums Liverpool.
If you want to find out more about the scheme or report a find please contact:
Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside Finds Liaison Officer
Museum of Liverpool
Liverpool L3 1DG
The archaeology finds surgery is usually available on the first and third Wednesday afternoon of every month. Please note that there is no finds surgery in August or December.
Booking is essential - contact 0151 478 4063 or email the museum using this contact form to make an appointment.
Have a look at our events page for details of when and where you could meet the finds liaison officers if you have an interesting find.
Find out more at the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.
The Cheshire county pages on the Portable Antiquites scheme website include information about the archaeology of the area and key finds.
Look at finds from your area or all over the country on the Portable Antiquities database .