Finds surgery

Archaeology finds surgery

visitor showing an object to a curator
19 Feb 2020
Suitable for:
all visitors
Free event, pre-booking is essential

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 archaeology finds surgery is usually available on the third Wednesday afternoon of every month. Please note that there is no finds surgery in August or December.

Booking essential - contact 0151 478 4063 or email the museum using this contact form to make an appointment.

This event is part of our Archaeology event series.