Coronavirus: Important Information
PAS Yorkshire Update – July 2021
England is now on Step 4 of the government’s Coronavirus Roadmap. Although most legal restrictions have been lifted, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.
For the continued safety of our colleagues and our finders, the Yorkshire Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) will still be taking precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is delivered though its local partners meaning different venues will have different approaches.
Until you can see your FLO, please keep hold of any finds you would like to have recorded, with a clear record of findspot (grid references preferred please) for each object. They can be handed in for recording at a later date in accordance with the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal-Detecting in England and Wales.
Finds Recording in South and West Yorkshire
Amy Downes is the FLO for South and West Yorkshire. You can book appointments to see Amy at her office in Morley to hand in and collect finds. Please contact her by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (0113 535 0173) to book an appointment.
Some Finds Surgeries are now running in local museums. People signed up to Amy’s email mailing list are notified before each surgery in their district and invited to book an appointment. For more details, or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Amy, as above.
Finds Recording in North and East Yorkshire
Rebecca Griffiths (FLO for North and East Yorkshire) is on maternity leave. Part time cover is being provided by Emily Tilley on Thursday afternoons and Fridays.
Due to this reduced capacity, Emily is only able to record and advise on Treasure cases at present. Please keep your non-Treasure finds safely, together with detailed find spot information (minimum 8-figure NGR), until such a time as we are able to record them again.
Emily is in the process of developing a procedure for returning finds and for taking in Treasure finds by appointment. If you have finds to collect or Treasure to deposit Emily will be in touch shortly to make these arrangements. Thank you for your patience.
If you would like a brief identification of an object, and to know if it is eligible for recording with the Portable Antiquities Scheme at a future date, please send:
- Digital images of the front, back and side of the object with a scale bar or ruler
- The grid reference of the find spot (minimum 6-figure NGR but more precise if possible)
- The date of discovery
In accordance with the 1996 Treasure Act, all finds of potential Treasure must be reported within 14 days. We are working to deal with finds of potential Treasure remotely until they can be handed in, so that we can keep the process moving as much as possible. In order to help with this, if you have an object which you believe may constitute potential Treasure, please send the following details by e-mail, and await further instruction.
- Your full name and address
- The full name, postal address and e-mail address of the landowner and occupier (in cases of tenanted land)
- A minimum 6-figure National Grid Reference (NGR) for where the find was made (a simple guide to findspots is available here)
- The depth at which the object was discovered
- The type of land on which it was found (i.e. cultivated or pasture)
- Date of discovery
- Digital photographs (a basic guide to finds photography is available here).
Your e-mail will satisfy the 14 day notification period required under the Treasure Act.
We will continue to follow government guidelines, advice from the DCMS and the specific policies of our employers and local partners to deliver the PAS as safely and as efficiently as possible. We will work with partners and finders to deliver the best service that we can under varying local conditions. Any further updates will be posted here.
Many thanks for your patience and co-operation.
PAS Yorkshire Team
Amy Downes & Emily Tilley