Have you found an object in England or Wales which you would like to know more about? Come and ask our Finds Liaison Officer all about it!
On the third Wednesday of every month the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s Finds Liaison Officer is available to record your finds. The Portable Antiquities Service (PAS) is a national scheme to encourage the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public. By recording your finds you can discover all about the object and by researching your object the archaeologists can find out more about the past.
What do we want to record?
We would love to see any object which is more than 300 years old which you have found while walking, gardening or metal detecting in England or Wales. We also need to know where you found your object as having a grid reference for all our finds allows us to see where people lived and worked, information about the economy, changes in fashion and much more. Please let us know if you need advice on the best way to record your grid reference.
If you have an object which is more than 10% gold or silver and more than 100years old then legally it qualifies as Treasure under the 1996 Treasure Act and must be reported. Likewise if you find two or more precious metal coins or 10 or more base metal coins in the same find spot they also qualify as Treasure. Prehistoric metal work and any associated objects also need to be reported. Your Finds Liaison Officer can report your Treasure for you and guide you through the process.
What we can’t do
Please note that we are not able to value your objects. We are also not able to identify or record objects found outside of England or Wales.
Dates and booking
The opinion service is usually available on the first and third Wednesday afternoon of every month.
The first Wednesday of every month is for social history objects and on the third Wednesday of the month we focus on archaeological objects.
Please note that there is no archaeology opinion service in August or December.
Booking essential - contact 0151 478 4063 or email the museum using this contact form to make an appointment.