Getting involved with the Scheme


Would you like to help add to our knowledge of how people lived in the past through the Portable Antiquities Scheme? If so, we'd be very happy to hear from you!

You can support our work in two main ways: by reporting any archaeological objects (over 300 years old) you have found, or by volunteering to help record finds.

To report your finds get in touch with your local Finds Liaison Officer. They will identify and record your finds onto our database for you and others to see and researchers to study.

PASt Explorers


This is a five year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enhance the PAS's volunteer programme. Under PASt Explorers, volunteers operate as Community Finds Recording Teams (CFRTs) based around their local Finds Liaison Officer, and the teams are organised into ten regional training areas. Volunteers receive training in order to identify and record archaeological finds from their local area, increasing the number of objects recorded onto the PAS database.The teams also promote the actitivies of the PAS to new audiences in their areas, and recruit others to volunteer with the PAS and engage with the history and archaeology of their local areas. As part of the project, two Project Officers, an Outreach Officer and an ICT Officer have been appointed to help support and coordinate volunteers.

A list of current volunteering opportunities can be found here.

If you have a general question about the Portable Antiquities Scheme and its work of finds recording, why not have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page?