10 Apr 2021

Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme records archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year, many thousands of archaeological objects are discovered, mostly by metal detector users. All finds recorded with the Scheme help advance our knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales.

Recording with the Portable Antiquities Scheme is voluntary, but individuals are encouraged to do so as part of being a responsible Metal Detectorist, under the Code of Practice

In the West Midlands, we have four Finds Liaison Officers. They are Dr Susheela Burford for Worcestershire & Warwickshire; Peter Reavill for Herefordshire and Shropshire; Victoria Allnatt for West Staffordshire and South West Midlands and Teresa Gilmore for East Staffordshire and North West Midlands.

The majority of our day to day work involves recording archaeological finds, but we also implement the Treasure Act 1997 by reporting Treasure finds and producing curatorial reports for the Coroner. Our days can be varied from recording Roman brooches to identifying medieval coins to examining pieces of flint for signs of working.

Each year, we contribute to the Annual Treasure report, with the 2018 report being released in the mid of March. 

This video shows the variety of Treasure cases found in the West Midlands region and where they have ended up, if the case has been concluded. 

As Treasure isn’t our only role, the second video shows some of the Star Finds we recorded from the West Midlands region in 2018 as chosen by Teresa.

For more information about the Portable Antiquities Scheme visit their website: