Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is managed by the British Museum and records archaeological finds discovered by the public.

It plays a critical role in advancing knowledge, telling stories of past communities and furthering public interest in the past. It’s a partnership project, managed by the British Museum (in England) and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

The PAS works with at least 119 national and local partners, and delivers through its network of 40 locally based Finds Liaison Officers. Here at the Museum of Cornish Life we are pleased to host Cornwall’s Finds Liaison Officer. This role is supported by the British Museum and Cornwall Council.

There’s a legal requirement to report all finds of Treasure, as defined by the Treasure Act 1996 – essentially single finds of gold and silver over 300 years old and groups (hoards) of coins and prehistoric metalwork.

Reporting your find

New finds in Cornwall should be reported to the Finds Liaison Officer at the museum. Contact finds@museumofcornishlife.co.uk or telephone 01326 564027.

For the current government advice on searching for archaeological finds (with a metal-detector, field-walking or mudlarking) in England during COVID-19, visit GOV.UK

If you are new to detecting, a seasoned metal detectorist, or would like to find out more about how to detect responsibly please watch the video below.

Keep up to date

You can follow the Finds Liaison Officer for Cornwall on Facebook @CornwallFinds, on Twitter @CornwallFinds, or on Instagram at @cornwall_flo