PASt Explorers Conference 2019

A selection of finds recorded by PASt Explorers volunteers.

This year is the final year of the PASt Explorers project. Generously supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the PASt Explorers project has, for the last 5 years, championed finds recording in the local community. By providing opportunity, training and support, we have involved hundreds of volunteers in communities across England and Wales in the archaeology of their local area, recording finds and sharing the knowledge to help shape our understanding of the past.

Join us to celebrate the work of the PASt Explorers project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with a series of talks looking at what the project has achieved, how this work is being used to inform our knowledge of the past, and the vast potential for future projects.

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception with stand-up comedy from Paul Duncan McGarrity, the man behind the brilliant Ask An Archaeologist podcast series.

The conference is taking place at The British Museum on Friday 21st June 2019. It is free to attend but booking is essential. To book a place please visit: or call 0207 323 8293. The conference is fully catered and PAS volunteers may claim their travel expenses back, subject to our expenses policy (please contact us for details).

We look forward to seeing you in June!

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PASt Explorers Conference 2017 Telling Tales

Group of children sitting together being told stories by an older man.

One database; thousands of stories.

Objects have the potential to excite and inspire us. They are a direct link to our past. Over 1.2 million objects have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. Within these objects are hundreds, possibly thousands, of stories from our past.

The PASt Explorers Project Conference 2017 will celebrate and share some of these stories, from tales of discovery to the ways in which PAS data is being used to unlock our shared history.

Stories will be told  through PAS volunteers.

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open! The conference this year is being hosted at National Museum Cardiff on Saturday 18th November and will feature object stories told through PAS volunteers.

Admission is free, but booking is essential. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Please visit to book.

PASt Explorers Conference 2016: What Do People Do All Day: The Busy World of Volunteers

The PASt Explorers Conference 2016: What Do People Do All Day: The Busy World of Volunteers is now open for bookings.

This year’s conference celebrates the contribution of volunteers to the PAS through the project. Through PASt Explorers, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), more people are now volunteering with the PAS, undertaking finds-related work, and helping to share knowledge about archaeological finds.

This conference aims to illustrate the diverse nature of the volunteer experience within the PAS and provide the opportunity for volunteers to share these with others, providing inspiration and new perspectives on the contribution to archaeological knowledge and to the history of England and Wales.

The conference will take place on Thursday 29th September 2016, 10.00–16.30 at the Event Space and Lecture Theatre, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 4AQ

Admission is free but advance booking is required.

Programme will be available shortly.

To book go to: or call 0207 323 8618.