The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS):
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. 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.
Regional contacts gives details of the Schemes network of Finds Liaison Officers. Each Finds Liaison Officer welcomes enquiries regarding ‘portable antiquities’ in their region. They are also happy to record any archaeological objects that you might discover.
Your local Finds Liaison Officers (or FLOs) are:
Alex Whitlock – Finds Liaison Officer for Lancashire and Cumbria
Telephone +44 (0)7814 296173
Ian Bass – Finds Liaison Officer for Lancashire and Cumbria
Telephone +44 (0)7557 030768
The PAS hosts Finds Open Days. These are drop-in sessions and there is no need to book. Further details can be obtained by contacting the Museums below.
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Castle St, Carlisle, CA3 8TP, 01228 618760
Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 2PW, 01229 876400
Club finds have been exhibited at local museums and some finds of older club members have been donated to those museums’ collection and are now on temporary or permanent display