News from the Scheme

Ancient Greece Family Day

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Ancient Greece Family Day
11 July, 10.30 - 5.00
Admission free
All events free

Meet some ancient Greek warriors, try on a helmet and find out what it feels like to carry a shield.

Listen to the story of the Trojan War - Helen, Paris, the golden apple, Hector and mighty Achilles.

Decorate Greek clothes, help build an Athenian ship, make gifts for the goddess Athena and march in the great procession to celebrate her birthday.

Visit Greece through the Ages with our fantastic new Hamlyn Family Trail.

See Kirk Douglas as Ulysses as he battles the fearsome one-eyed giant Cyclops.

11 July 2004
Events start at 10.30 am
Great Procession at 2.45 pm
Film at 3.15 pm

For further details, contact Katharine Kelland on 0207 3238327

Job vacancy - Finds Liaison Officer/ Community Archaeologist

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Finds Liaison Officer (Portable Antiquities Scheme)
/ Community Archaeologist

Department of Early London History and Collections, Museum of London.

Fixed term contract until 31st March 2006

Salary: £19,524 - £22,992 inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for an archaeological post funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Museum of London, to be based at the Museum of London.

Half of the post will be dedicated to the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The main aims of the Scheme is to advance our knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales by recording of archaeological objects found by the public and to increase opportunities for active public involvement in archaeology. This data is published on and made available to the relevant Historic Environment Record. The post holder will make contact with members of the public - including metal-detector users, attend metal-detecting club meetings, explain the aims of the Scheme and the Treasure Act through giving talks, and will record finds on the Scheme's finds database.

The other half of the post will be working as Community Archaeologist for London. This will involve promoting the positive involvement in London archaeology of as many members of the public as possible, particularly through existing community organisations and groups. This will also involve carrying out liaison between different parts of the archaeological sector in London including the support of local archaeological societies.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in Archaeology and a minimum of one year's relevant experience including artefact identification.  It is essential that you have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and are highly organised when working under pressure and to deadlines.  A high level of PC literacy is key, in particular a sound knowledge of using databases.

Further details and an application pack for this post is available by telephone on 020 7814 5793 (24 hour ansaphone) or email  Closing date: 26th July 2004. For an informal discussion about both aspects of the post please ring Hedley Swain on 020 7814 5713. Visit                      

The Museum of London is striving for diversity and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

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Government recognises the role of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in monitoring the Internet trade in illicit antiquities

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During a debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday 23rd June 2004, Lord Davies of Oldham (Government Minister) noted that the Government was 'working with the Portable Antiquities Scheme to inform eBay of any potential breaches of the Treasure Act 1996 or the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003'.  

The illicit trade in cultural objects (Portable Antiquities) is a matter of concern for archaeologists, responsible metal-detector users and all law abiding people, and there have been calls upon 'someone' to monitor (and where possible - check) such activities. The Department for Culture Media & Sport, the British Museum, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and representatives of the All Party Parliamentary Archaeological Group have been working with eBay on a policy for stopping criminals who try to sell archaeological objects which have been 'nighthawked' (i.e. recovered without the permission of the landowner or from scheduled monuments) and unreported Treasure finds. Finders selling objects on eBay should make it clear when and where the object was found and reassure potential buyers the objects are being sold legitimately.

'Nighthawking is a big problem for landowners and responsible metal-detectorists. Therefore we in the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD) welcome the fact that the Government, Portable Antiquities Scheme and others are working together and with Internet auction houses to clamp down on the illicit trade in antiquities'.     David Barwell (Chairman, National Council for Metal Detecting)

Looking Forward To The Past: Heritage Minister Sets Out The Future For Heritage Protection

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Andrew McIntosh said: "Our current system of heritage protection is second to none. If it did not exist, the landscape of England today would be a vastly different, and infinitely poorer one. But improvements can be made. There is too much overlap between safeguards that have built up over time, and not enough transparency. We need a more open, more effective system. We need to enable and manage change where necessary to ensure that old buildings and public spaces are put to productive new uses, while retaining a robust level of protection for our historic assets. We need to breathe new life into an old regime."

The primary changes will include:

A new unified "Register of Historic Sites and Buildings of England" bringing together listing, scheduling and registration and incorporating World Heritage Sites. It will also contain a "local section" recording conservation areas, local lists and registers.

85% of respondents to the public consultation believed that a unified list would improve existing arrangements.

The transfer of responsibility for making designation decisions at national level to English Heritage, subject to certain important new safeguards: English Heritage will be required to act within published Government policies and criteria for designation.

The Secretary of State will retain a power to call in exceptional cases for her decision.

Owners will have a new statutory right of appeal.

English Heritage will be required to give an annual account of activities against the published policies and criteria.

90% of respondents agreed that English Heritage should assume responsibility for maintaining the List. 87% agreed there should be a right of appeal.

The introduction of public consultation in respect of applications to list, promoting transparency and openness. A new interim protection order will be placed on each asset until a decision is made.

96% of respondents supported plans to make the listing process more open. 99% agreed that interim protection should be applied.

The unification of listed building consent with scheduled monument consent to create a simplified, integrated heritage consent, administered by local authorities. Government will also consider further recent research into the unification of consent regimes, including the possible the integration of conservation area consent and planning permission with the new heritage consent.

90% of respondents felt that a new consent regime should be as simple as possible.

Andrew McIntosh continued:

"In light of the overwhelming public support shown in consultation, the Government has concluded that Ministers should make policy, not act as case-by-case decision makers. Subject to real safeguards, like the right of appeal, the introduction of English Heritage to this role will bring a much improved clarity and accountability to the new system."

Implementation of the above measures will require primary legislation. The Government intends to seek Parliamentary time at the first opportunity, likely to be 2006/7. Meanwhile, English Heritage's wide-ranging pilot project programme will provide an invaluable opportunity to explore fully these proposals in practice, and ensure that the details are right prior to primary legislation.

At the same time, an additional series of measures aimed at immediately improving the everyday experience of heritage protection will be introduced without legislation, some as early as April 2005. These will include:

A review of the criteria for listing buildings by DCMS and English Heritage. Proposals will be consulted on later this year.

The assumption of the day-to-day administration of the system (but not designation decisions) by English Heritage from April 2005. Changes to the list will be subject to the approval of the Secretary of State.

The creation of a comprehensive pack for owners, including a "summary of importance" setting out the reasons for listing, a map which indicates the extent of listing, and general information on designation and seeking planning consent.

Andrew McIntosh concluded: "The Government wants to make it easier for the owners and tenants of heritage properties to take pride in their conservation and care. One way to do this is to provide better information about what makes their property special and how to keep it in good condition. We want to open up the system by offering a one-stop shop for applications and enquiries, providing information in a clear and comprehensible form, and offering the opportunity to request a review of listing decisions. Taken as a whole, the proposed new system will allow us to work in closer partnership with others, making it easier to safeguard the past and build for the future."

Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage said: "English Heritage welcomes the government's decision to implement major reform of the heritage protection system. Having worked in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on its review, we now look forward to leading the introduction of the reforms that will create a modern, positive and comprehensive framework for the management of the historic environment. "The new system will give English Heritage additional roles and enhanced responsibilities. We are confident we shall rise to the challenges they bring and are committed to working with all our partners to ensure that the transition to the new arrangements over the next few years is delivered efficiently and effectively."


The Government's review of heritage protection legislation was conceived as a response to issues raised over time about the way the historic environment was being protected. A project was set up to examine the issues in depth. A massive fact-finding exercise was instituted across the sector and beyond through regional seminars, individual interviews and focus groups. Early soundings taken in the pre-consultation period made it clear that, for many stakeholders, the current heritage protection systems were complex. New protections had been added piecemeal over time. Few people, even amongst those working with the systems on a daily basis, had a clear grasp of all parts of the legislation and unsurprisingly there were inconsistencies in its interpretation. A system was needed which was more simple and transparent to the general public and other key stakeholders but which maintained at least the same level of protection for historic assets.

The information gained from the pre-consultation phase led to a set of proposals for change. These proposals were set out in the consultation document Protecting the historic environment: Making the system work better, launched in July 2003. Throughout the consultation period a further series of seminars for key stakeholders and other interests discussed the proposals and how they might work. In addition, a number of working groups, which included historic environment and legal experts, examined the proposals to see how they might work in practice and any potential problems.

The Government received over 500 substantive and thoughtful responses to the public consultation exercise. ODPM is publishing today a report by the Halcrow Group Ltd on the Unification of Consent Regimes. The report and a summary are available at

Press Enquiries: 020 7211 6272/76 Out of hours telephone pager no: 07699 751153 Public Enquiries: 020 7211 6200

How will it make a difference' Heritage Protection Case Studies

Hospitals, Schools and Other Public Buildings Private Homes Heritage Assets on Agricultural Land

Hospitals, Schools and Other Public Buildings

Problem: A listed hospital complex or school may face an urgent need to update existing facilities that do not meet modern day standards. There may also be great pressure to maximise space and use the site efficiently. However list descriptions can be unclear regarding which features are most important and should be retained. The need for repetitive consent applications can make long term planning for the site difficult.

The solution: A new way of working. Under the new system a comprehensive pack for owners will be produced, including a site map and a "summary of importance" highlighting what is notable about the site, and why, and identifying particular areas of sensitivity. If appropriate, the site could be protected under a management agreement, where English Heritage would work in partnership with the owners to establish an advance understanding of important buildings and features and what could be changed without special consent. Bureaucracy could be reduced by agreeing simple, repeat requests for maintenance that would usually require Listed Building Consent. Good for the Public Services: The new system will provide owners and site managers with a greater degree of clarity and certainty regarding the building's future management, and allow for long term strategic planning in a busy and pressured environment. A management agreement could offer a greater degree of flexibility by anticipating a programme of work and agreeing a solution beforehand.

Good for Heritage: Setting them out in summary of importance and possibly a management agreement will ensure that owners and site managers have a clear understanding of their responsibilities. Working together and coming to a joint agreement will allow owners to know more about their heritage assets and encourage their 'buy-in' to protection.

Private Homes

Problem: Currently, home-owners may not know that their building is under consideration for listing until they are informed of the outcome. That decision documentation is not comprehensive, may not be easy to understand, and there is no formal appeal process.

The solution: Under the new system, when a private home is put forward for designation there will be an opportunity for consultation with the home-owner, enabling them to comment on the application and to submit their own evidence if they so wish (at which time any issues and worries can be discussed and ideally resolved). Once the building is registered, the owner will be sent a comprehensive 'owners pack', which will clearly state why the building is listed and what are its particularly important features. A map will be included which will show the extent of the designation. Owners will also receive details on who to contact for further advice, and the implications of owning a registered property, with details of how to seek a formal review or appeal. This will ensure a greater degree of clarity and openness for owners than under the current system.

Good for Home-Owners: The new system will provide owners with a new right of appeal and opportunities for consultation. An 'owners pack' will offer much improved information about their heritage property and make it easier for owners to negotiate the system.

Good for Heritage: The Government believes that owners are more likely to take pride in conserving their property if they are better informed both about what makes it important and how best to keep it in good condition.

Heritage Assets on Agricultural Land

Problem: On a working farm there may be multiple items designated in different ways, for example listed buildings and scheduled archaeological sites. Current agri-environment schemes can conflict with the management of the historic environment.

The solution: Under the new system, multiple designations on one site could be combined into one list entry, with a single set of documentation, putting the entire site in context. A management agreement could be used to combat potential conflicts with agri-environment schemes by flagging these up and allowing complementary regimes for sensible land use while at the same time giving due consideration to items of archaeological importance and the pressures created by modern farming practices. Management agreements could be aligned with the farm's projected development plan and any issues arising could be discussed and resolved in a manner satisfactory to all parties.

Good for Farmers: The new system will offer a greater degree of clarity and certainty for farm manager/owners and will provide an opportunity to discuss the implications, and agree a reasonable approach, to conflicting interests. This will greatly assist owners who often have to manage land with overlapping historic environment and nature conservation designations.

Good for Heritage: The creation of a single integrated consent regime for the historic environment, together with the option of statutory management agreements responsive to nature conservation objectives, will permit far more effective alignment of nature and heritage conservation in land management activity.

Postdoctoral research assistant post advertised.

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University of York
Department of Archaeology

A postdoctoral research assistant is required to work with Dr Julian D Richards on an AHRB-funded research project entitled "Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy: using portable antiquities to study Anglo-Saxon and Viking England".
Applicants should hold a PhD (or have submitted their thesis) in a relevant subject area, have a sound background in early medieval archaeology, and excellent ICT skills. A high level of demonstrable competence in databases, statistics and GIS is essential, and web skills are also desirable. Experience of artefact research, numismatics, and archaeological survey would each be an advantage.
Starting salary will be £22,507 per annum. The post is available for three years with a start date of 4 October 2004.
Closing Date: 10 August 2004
Further particulars: <>
Application pack: <>

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Wales’ most famous export? Stonehenge.

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A Bronze Age grave discovered in Boscombe Down, near Stonehenge, has revealed that the some of the builders of the ancient ceremonial site were Welsh.

The grave was found last year during road improvement works by QinetiQ employee and archaeologist Colin Kirby followed by research and tests by Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Wessex Archaeology.

Archaeologists are calling the men 'the Boscombe Bowmen' because of the flint arrowheads in the grave.  Dr Fitzpatrick of Wessex Archaeology said: "The Boscombe Bowmen, a band of brothers, must almost certainly be linked with the bringing of the bluestones to Stonehenge. With the discovery that the Amesbury Archer came from central Europe, these finds are casting the first light on an extraordinary picture at the dawn of the metal age.

The Bowmen's teeth provided an essential clue to where they came from. As the enamel forms on children's teeth, it locks in a chemical fingerprint of where they grew up. Tests by scientists of the British Geological Survey on the strontium isotopes in the Bowmen's teeth show that they grew up in a place where the rocks are very radioactive. This was either in the Lake District or Wales. The men's teeth also all have the same pattern, showing that they migrated between the ages of 3 and 13.

Adam Gwilt, Curator, NMGW said: " This is a great story for Wales. Using this exciting new technique we are beginning to see the long distances over which people travelled during the Bronze Age. Transporting the Preseli bluestones to this sacred place was a monumental achievement!"

The stones brought from the Preseli Hills 250 km away in south west Wales are called the bluestones because of their colour. It still remains a mystery as to how the huge blue stones from the Welsh mountains were dragged 200 miles to the ancient ceremonial site.

Dr Fitzpatrick will reveal more about these new and exciting discovery, Wednesday 23 June at 1.05pm during a lunch time talk at the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff. The Amesbury Archer is featured in the Buried Treasure exhibition currently on show at the museum.

For further information please contact:
Julie Richards, Press Officer
National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff
Direct line: 029 2057 3185  Mobile: 07876 476695

Boscombe Bowmen website
Contact: Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Wessex Archaeology
Tel:  01722 343441 (from 07:00 on 21/06/04)
Mob: 07765 226750 (weekend)
Fax:  01722 337562

New Finds Days Announced.

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Forthcoming finds events in Kent (and beyond) July to December 2004

1st July 1-4pm, Dartford Museum
15th July 2-4pm, Tunbridge Wells Museum (along with Liz Wilson, Sussex FLO)
16th July all day- FLO will be at the County Show demonstrating database and
talking about scheme, but no finds recording
17th July 10am-4pm, Minster-in-Sheppey Museum
18th July all day, Museum of Kent Life (Life and Death in Saxon Kent)
5th August 1-4pm, Dartford Museum
11th September, Cranbrook Museum (provisional; details to be finalised)
27th November , all day, PAS Finds Roadshow in Reading

Estelle Morris (Arts Minister) says ‘I am determined to ensure that the Portable Antiquities Scheme continues’.

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On Wednesday 26th May 2004, in a parliamentary debate on the illicit trade in antiquities, Estelle Morris (Arts Minister) again confirmed her support for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. She said

'I have been hugely impressed by that Scheme and I am determined to ensure that it continues. I should point out for the record that the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has invested £1.5 million to ensure that it survives. It is true that the Heritage Lottery Fund cannot continue to fund it, as that is not in its nature, even for small projects. I accept that if the Scheme is to continue, the DCMS core budget must pick it up. All that I can say is that as an advocate of this sector of the DCMS's responsibilities, I have done whatever I could to ensure that the scheme is included, in big letters, in the (Government's Spending Review) bid. When we know how much money we have been allocated from the Treasury, I will do all that I can to ensure that the Scheme continues. I cannot say anything beyond those assurances. However, any change would not be for a lack of wonderment on my part for the scheme, those who run it or the museums. I have had the opportunity to speak to some metal-detectorists, whose hobby has become far more than that; it has changed their lives. We talk about the importance of such work because it helps us understand where we have come from as a nation and race and where we might be going. It had a great effect on those men and women, who have dug up from the earth things that have helped to inform the rest of civilisation about itself, and I am great advocate of that'.

Estelle Morris, Gill Davies and Andrew Richardson

Estelle Morris with Andrew Richardson (Kent Finds Liaison Officer) and Gill Davies, co-finder of the Hollingbourne Hoard.

The debate was initiated by Richard Allan (MP for Sheffield, Hallam - Liberal Democrat) who said that 'the Portable Antiquities Scheme...has impressed all hon. Members with whom it has come into contact. the all-party parliamentary group on archaeology (APPAG), in particular, has had much contact with the Scheme, and has seen that it provides a tremendously valuable service safeguarding the UK's heritage.

Richard Allan - Liberal DemocratsIt is important to the metal-detectorists, who are carrying out, in most cases, a legal activity, so long as they are not on scheduled ancient monuments and have the landowner's permission. We want to offer metal-detectorists a legal framework, and encourage them to work with Finds Liaison Officers. That will create a virtuous circle whereby the metal-detectorists become educated in how to perform their activity in an archaeological or heritage-friendly manner, where they feel rewarded. Without the Portable Antiquities Scheme we should be back to square one, and the incentive for metal detectorists positively to engage would be gone. The resource prepared by the Scheme,, is a superb example of what can be done. One of the criticisms made of archaeology is that all kinds of material are dug up, but that nobody can access the output from it; the public are interested in it but have no ability to access it. However, is a wonderful example of how, with quite moderate resources, a huge amount of research material can be made available to the general public. It justifies the effort put into the Scheme. I am sure that the Minister will hear more, particularly from members of the all-party archaeology group, on the subject, as it is part of the Department's comprehensive spending review bid process. However, she should be aware that there is huge political support for the Scheme to be funded for the long term. We are realistic about it being inappropriate to go back to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which funded the start-up costs and which had its arm twisted a little to keep the Scheme going. The fund has made it clear that it will not fund the scheme in the long term, so I think that it is a core activity for DCMS.

Other MP's, of all parties, also voiced their support for the Portable Antiquities Scheme:

Alan Howarth - LabourAlan Howarth (MP for Newport, East - Labour) said

'I wish to refer to the Portable Antiquities Scheme because the combination of the Treasure Act 1996 and the Portable Antiquities Scheme provides an excellent model. It goes with the grain of human nature because it recognises the enthusiasm of amateur archaeologists and metal-detectorists and their desire to be able to keep the objects that they find. Because it recognises and, to as great an extent as is proper, accommodates their energies and enthusiasms, it is workable in contrast to the absolute and comprehensive prohibitions that other countries in Europe and elsewhere seek to impose. However, its success depends on the services of the Finds Liaison Officers. Without them, I dread to think what will happen in our country. We will revert to a situation in which people wander around finding things and digging things up, and archaeological finds are not recorded. That would be a tragic setback. It would be popular with archaeologists and the wider public, who care very much about archaeology and this part of our heritage, if the Government were able to find the resources to ensure the continuation of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. We always knew that there would be a problem because when we managed to persuade the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance the first phase of the Scheme that we have had in recent years, we knew that in the end it would depend upon a more permanent source of governmental funding. I fear that we shall still be in difficulties if that is left to local authorities on their own, unless it is made a mandatory requirement, which seems improbable. I hope that the Department will be able to find resources for a scheme of grants to allow the Portable Antiquities Scheme to be maintained'.

Tam Dalyell - Labour

Tam Dalyell (MP for Linlithgow - Labour) said

'I thank the Minister for her optimistic answer to (my) question on Monday on portable antiquities. There is a review of Treasure Trove in Scotland and it has been recommended that Scotland needs a team of Finds Liaison Officers similar to those in England and Wales. Does the Minister agree that that would be helpful in ensuring the reporting of treasure in Scotland, and that the role could not be satisfactorily undertaken by museum development officers as the Scottish Executive suggested' Does she also agree that that demonstrates what a great success the Portable Antiquities Scheme has been in England and Wales' The Government should ensure its long-term funding, and that funding should be ring-fenced to ensure continued delivery of the project's aims'.

Robert Smith (MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine - Liberal Democrat) said

'my hon. Friend (Richard Allan) praised the Portable Antiquities Scheme. If it is to continue, we need to identify how it will be funded and I hope for positive news from the Minister on the subject. The hon. Member for Linlithgow (Tam Dalyell) asked what was happening in Scotland, which is a matter for the Scottish Executive, but it will be interesting to know what contacts there are between the Minister's Department and the Scottish Executive to co-ordinate best practice, and about joined-up government within UK-reserved areas. When something that is seen to be successful is established here, what information is passed on to the Scottish Executive''

Boris Johnson (Henley - Conservative) also voiced his support for the Scheme:

'I salute the work of my hon. Friend the Member for Salisbury (Robert Key) in (helping) setting up the Portable Antiquities Scheme, under which 150,000 objects, some of them very stunning, have been notified to the public since 1997. The rich earth of this country is constantly bringing forth new treasures...The Illict Trade Advisory Panel (ITAP) and the Portable Antiquities Scheme provide important ways of stopping this haemorrhage (in illicit antiquities) without stopping the legitimate trade in art and antiquities. That is why I hope that the Minister will feel able to give them the support that is shared by everyone in this Room'.

Estelle Morris backs the scheme

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2. Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) (Con): What assessment she has made of the all-party archaeology group's report on the state of archaeology in the United Kingdom. [174892]

The Minister for the Arts (Estelle Morris): The Government welcome the all-party archaeology group's report. Its recommendations will form a useful contribution to the ongoing review of heritage protection.

Tim Loughton : I welcome the Minister's comments, but her predecessor undertook to give a formal response to the report, and it has been out since January 2003. May I bring to her attention two points in it' First, the Illicit Trade Advisory Panel, which was set up in 2000, has been successful in its recommendations. The trouble is that only three of those 16 recommendations have so far been put into practice, and she is now recommending winding it up. Will she reconsider that' On the portable antiquities scheme, will she agree to accept an all-party delegation of those of us who are concerned that the Government should take the scheme fully under their wing after the funding ends in 2006' It has been so successful, as I saw in my area in Sussex last Friday, that it is in danger of being swamped as a result, and the Government need to take it under their wing and fund it properly after 2006.

Estelle Morris: I take the point about the report having been published in January last year. I believe that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Media and Heritage met the all-party group last October-I stand to be corrected if I am wrong-and I will pass the hon. Gentleman's comments to him.

I share the hon. Gentleman's enthusiasm for what the portable antiquities scheme has achieved, but all I can say now is that the funding is secure for another one or two years. Obviously we cannot make an announcement until we have the results of our spending review bid, but I hope very much that the Government will be able to bear the costs. The Department has put in £1.5 million so far. I shall say no more for the moment, but I will probably report in the autumn.

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I shall shortly meet the chairman of the Illicit Trade Advisory Panel. I want to discuss with him what will happen following representations he has made to me. Perhaps I shall have further news after that meeting.

Mr. Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow) (Lab): Are the Government giving a friendly response to recommendation 7 on the framework and funding of the portable antiquities scheme'

Estelle Morris: I personally am giving it an exceptionally friendly response. The problem is persuading other Ministers to give a more friendly response to it than to other bids. The £1.5 million invested by the Department is not a huge amount, but it has achieved a great deal. There were 87,000 finds last year, and 20,000 people are now taking part in the activity, of whom 4,000 are children. I think it would be a shame if the scheme did not continue. Perhaps my words will fall on favourable ears.
All I can say now is that the bid is there and the intention is to continue the funding. It would be silly to say more than I have dared to say thus far without knowing exactly what will happen to our settlement in the next spending review. More risk than that I am not about to take.

Finds Day at Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery

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Finds Day at Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery

Tuesday 1st June 2004

Bring along you archaeological finds and mystery objects for identification

and recording under the Portable Antiquities Scheme

10.30am to 1.00pm and 2.30 to 4.30pm

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