West Mids PAS Team Newsletter – Issue 2

Merry Christmas from us all. We hope you will be able to spend Christmas with your families after what has been a very strange year. We have got used to new ways of working from home and meeting with finders when the restrictions allow. But we do hope we can get back to meeting with …more

West Midlands PAS Team Newsletter – Issue 1

Recording Finds in Lockdown Celebrating 1.5 million findshttps://finds.org.uk/news https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/1007171 https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/1011350 If you want to keep updated with the West Midlands FLO’s activities on Twitter follow: Peter @PeterReavill; Susheela @WandWFlo; Teresa @StaffsW and Victoria @FloMidlands

Volunteers’ Week – Meet our Team

Aimee is now our longest serving volunteer and so has updated us on her favourite objects and her forthcoming PhD.  Why did I start volunteering for the PAS? I did a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and wanted to get more involved with the archaeology side of things, so I started volunteering for the …more

Volunteers’ Week – Meet our Team

Andrew Why did I start volunteering for the PAS? (January 2019). I came to volunteering via detecting. I had been a lurker on Twitter and saw the post for volunteer advertised on my local FLO’s Twitter feed. I hadn’t thought about volunteering before this. I have never found much while detecting but had seen some …more

Volunteers’ Week – Meet our Team

Becky Why did I start volunteering for the PAS? I wanted to study to be an archaeologist when I left school but things never quite went to plan.  Throughout my early teens I was obsessed with ancient history and in particular Egyptology.  Encouraged by my Dad, who loved to talk about ancient Egypt and the …more

Volunteers’ Week – Meet our Team

Jane Why did I want to volunteer?    In January 2019 I was looking for an opportunity to volunteer in a conservation project and found the answer at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  It has been so much fun and as a volunteer I have been encouraged to learn about …more

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2020 – Meet our team

Bob Why did I start volunteering for the PAS? When I was volunteering at Aston Hall, I needed a volunteering role that had more flexible hours, so when an opportunity to join the PAS team came up, I went to BMAG for an interview. During the interview I failed to identify an Elizabeth I silver …more

A virtual lockdown museum

This post is inspired by The Museum of London’s Collecting Covid project which aims to acquire both physical objects and first hand experiences of living in lockdown London. The Portable Antiquities Scheme West Midlands office is based at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and like London, Birmingham has seen empty streets, cafes, trams & trains …more


As part of this exciting day of activities organised by BBC Arts I have produced a small presentation about a Roman Polden Hill brooch. We see many of these brooches, discovered by metal detectorists. In fact there are over 3,000 recorded on our database. In this presentation I discuss a specific example on display at …more

Birmingham: Home of Heavy Metal

The latest exhibition to open at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating the work and showcasing memorabilia about the Heavy Metal band Black Sabbath. The exhibition opens on June 26th and closes on 29th September 2019. If you want to visit it, then here’s the link to get tickets. The band was formed in …more