Portable Antiquities Scheme
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary recording scheme
for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every
year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these 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. For example, a
single object may, when added to others found in the same location
and recorded on the Historic Environment Record (formerly the Sites
& Monuments Record), indicate an area of habitation or
Worcestershire County Museum is a receiving museum for
information on such finds and the Curator of Archaeological
Collections, David Kendrick, acts as a Scheme Manager for the Finds
Liaison Officer in Worcestershire.
Phil Harriman, an experienced metal detectorist and a volunteer
at Worcestershire County Museum. Phil was the finder of the
Chaddesley Corbett Roman Coin Hoard - over 400 coins from the end
of the 3rd century AD. He is pictured here with the coins (and his
Phil Harriman (picture courtesy of Kidderminster Shuttle)
The Finds Liaison Officer, Angie
Bolton, visits Worcestershire County Museum to view
objects and advise finders.Please telephone Angie on 01905-721130
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange an appointment.
Angie Bolton, Finds Liaison Officer for Worcestershire and
Warwickshire (Picture courtesy of Warwickshire County Museum)
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 1st January 2003 also qualify as
What is the definition of Treasure?
- Two or more gold and/or silver coins from the same find
provided they are at least 300 years old when found. If they are
bronze coins there must be at least 10 of them.
- All prehistoric base-metal objects from the same find (two or
- All finds (one or more) at least 300 years old and containing
10% or more gold or silver.
- Associated finds: any object, whatever it is made of, found in
the same place as (or had previously been together with) another
object that is treasure.
What should I do if I find something that may be
You must report all finds of Treasure to a coroner for the
district in which they are found within 14 days after the day on
which you realised the find might be treasure.
Worcestershire County Museum can give information, advice and
guidance on the Act. The Museum can also assist in reporting
potential Treasure to the coroner.
This page was last reviewed 11 July 2011 at 14:58 by Sarah Chapman.