Finds Liaison Officer Wiltshire

This job is no longer available, it expired on the Friday 22nd June 2018

Salary: £ 24,174 – £24,964

The Salisbury Museum

Job Description

Fixed-term contract

(to March 2019 with likely extension to March 2020)

Job Title: Finds Liaison Officer

Reporting to: Museum Director

Working with: Communications Officer, Wessex Collections Manager, Visitor Service and Retail Manager, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Reception Staff

Responsible for: Finds Liaison Assistant, Volunteers, Placements

Working days/hours: 35 hours per week


To record archaeological objects found by the public, including metal detector users, to advance archaeological knowledge and to increase opportunities for active public involvement in archaeology.

This role is funded by the British Museum in partnership with Salisbury Museum, Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Museum.

Main Duties and responsibilities:

  1. To explain the aims of the Scheme to the wider public (for example, local archaeological and historical societies, schools, media, talks, exhibitions etc.), emphasising that the Scheme is concerned to record all portable antiquities and not just metal objects and to present the data gathered;
  1. To explain the aims of the Scheme to archaeologists and museum curators in the Wiltshire area and to seek their co-operation;
  1. To make contact with metal-detector users and other finders in the Wiltshire area, both those in clubs and other metal-detector users who are not members of clubs; to attend club meetings to explain the project and to record finds; to encourage clubs and finders to record their finds themselves where appropriate using the PAS database; to attend other museums and sites in Wiltshire (such as Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Wiltshire Museum and Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham) on a regular basis to record finds deposited there;
  1. To explain the requirements of the Treasure Act and Code of Practice and the statutory provision relating to the use of metal-detectors on scheduled sites to finders; to act as expert advisers on finds of treasure in liaison with local museums and coroners and to keep finders informed of progress with their treasure cases;
  1. To foster a spirit of co-operation between metal-detector users, landowners and archaeologists; to educate detector users and landowners on best practice, communicating the archaeological requirements concerning the accurate recording of the provenance of finds and the need not to disturb in situ deposits and to mediate between them and archaeologists/museum curators if necessary.;
  1. To record finds using the Portable Antiquities Database; to seek advice from Finds Advisers for those objects they are unable to identify personally; to help develop the database and accompanying standards for recording objects;
  1. To make a quarterly report to the Head of Portable Antiquities on their progress in carrying out
  1. To manage the Finds Liaison Assistant, volunteers and placements to assist with the recording of archaeological finds and other work relating to the Scheme.
  1. To comply with all decisions, policies and standing orders of the museum and any relevant statutory requirements, including the Equality Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act and Data Protection Act.
  1. To assist generally with the public service of the museum, including answering enquiries from members of the public.
  1. To participate in training and development as may be required from time to time commensurate with the level of the post.
  1. To undertake other such analogous duties as may be allocated by the Director or his representative.

For further details and to apply, please visit Closing date for applications is Friday 22 June.

Advert went live on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Advert archived on: Friday 22nd June 2018

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