Portable Antiquities Scheme - Yorkshire Museum

Portable Antiquities Scheme

Potential objects of treasure, as defined by the Treasure Act 1996, must be reported to the coroner within 14 days of discovery. Our Finds Liaison Officer based at the Yorkshire Museum can advise and facilitate the reporting of treasure.

Treasure is defined as:

• Objects over 300 years of age and comprised of more than 10% precious metal (gold or silver)
• Coin hoards
• Modified precious metal coins
• Prehistoric metal hoards.

Recently found material with accurate provenance information may be referred to the Finds Liaison Officer of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk). This scheme aims to record archaeological objects found by members of the public onto a national open access database.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme runs finds identification days throughout the year. These take place at the Yorkshire Museum and the Hull & East Riding Museum on the following dates –

Given the demand, material left as a Portable Antiquities Scheme enquiry, excluding potential treasure, will be available for collection in a maximum of four months, although the timescale may be shorter dependent upon workloads.

Should you require further information on the PAS department at York Museums Trust please call 01904 687687 or email enquiries@ymt.org.uk.


Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference 2017: 20 Years of Treasure

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the commencement of the Treasure Act 1996 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In this time over 11,000. Treasure finds have been reported under the Act, presenting local museums with an opportunity to acquire important objects from all periods of British history. Treasure objects not acquired by museums have a permanent record on the Portable Antiquities Scheme online database.

This conference will consider Treasure now, and look at what has been learnt in the past 20 years. There will be particular focus on discovery, acquisition and interpretation with relevant case-studies. The conference will also look forward, considering the potential of Treasure in the years to come.

Speakers include:
Ian Richardson, Treasure Registrar, Portable Antiquities Scheme
Anna Booth, Finds Liaison Officer, Portable Antiquities Scheme
Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager, Art Fund
Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics, York Museums Trust
Natalie Buy, Curator of Archaeology, York Museums Trust
Tim Pestell, Curator of Archaeology, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Mike Heyworth, Director, Council for British Archaeology

Full programme to follow.

Free to attend the conference (admission applies to visit the museum) – click here to book through Eventbrite.