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.

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.

Find out more about the Treasure Act on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.

West Midlands Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) 

Dr Susheela Burford, Finds Liaison Officer - Warwickshire & Worcestershire
Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle,  Hartlebury,  Worcestershire,  DY11 7XZ
Phone: 07727 102 453
Email: Susheela.burford@worcester.gov.uk
Twitter: @WandWFlo
Instagram: Waw_flo

Peter Reavill, Finds Liaison Officer - Herefordshire & Shropshire
Ludlow Library and Museum Resource Centre, 7-9 Parkway, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2PG
Phone: 01743 25 4748 / 07766 922 791, Fax: 01584 813666 
Email: Peter.Reavill@shropshire.gov.uk
Twitter: @FLO_Marches / @PeterReavill

Victoria Allnatt, Finds Liaison Officer – West Staffordshire & South West Midlands
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham West Midlands, B3 3DH
Phone: 0121 348 8225 / 07518 530904
Email: Victoria.Allnatt@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Twitter: @FLOMidlands
Instagram: FLOWestMids

Teresa Gilmore, Finds Liaison Officer – East Staffordshire & North West Midlands
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham West Midlands, B3 3DH
Phone: 07766 925351
Email: Teresa.Gilmore@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Twitter: @StaffsWMFLO

For more information about the Portable Antiquities Scheme visit: www.finds.org.uk

Contribute to archaeological research via MicroPASTS

You can assist existing research projects with tasks that need human intelligence, such as the accurate location of artefact findspots or photographed scenes, the identification of subject matter in historic archives, the masking of photos meant for 3D modelling, or the transcription of letters and catalogues. Other tasks might require on-location contributions by members of the public, such as submitting your own photographs of particular archaeological sites or objects. By contributing to a MicroPasts project you will:

  • Have a direct impact on research in archaeology, history and heritage
  • Help with tasks that computers cannot do
  • Develop skills that interest you
  • Produce results that will be open and freely usable

Visit the MicroPASTS website.