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Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

Every year thousands of objects are discovered by members of the public. Most of these are found by metal-detectors but also by people out walking, gardening or going about their daily work.

Recording such discoveries offers an important source for understanding our past.

To find out more, visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme website or contact your local Finds Liaison Officer.

 

Finds Liaison Officer

The Finds Liaison Officer for Essex is responsible for recording finds found by members of the public from all across the county. They support interest groups by offering advice, as well documenting and recording objects that have been handed in. To contact the Finds Liaison Officer, email essexflo@colchester.gov.uk

 

Treasure

Recording most finds is voluntary. However there is a legal obligation to report objects covered by The Treasure Act (1996).

You must report all finds of Treasure within 14 days after the day on which you made the discovery or within 14 days after the day on which you realised the find might be treasure.

If you think you have found an item of Treasure, please contact the British Museum for advice.

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There are many ways to be more actively involved with the museum service.

The Training Museum is an exciting workforce transformation programme for Colchester + Ipswich Museums, generously supported by Arts Council England.

We offer a range of services to the public. From a free identification service to the portable antiquities scheme, we have skills to help you.

We run a variety of outreach projects, working with community groups and young people as well as offering reminiscence sessions for older people.

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