Job Vacancies at the Portable Antiquities Scheme

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Finds Adviser (two posts) and Finds Liaison Officers (nine posts).
Applications are invited for eleven archaeological posts (all contracts are for two years and four months), funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The main aim of the Scheme is to advance our knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales by establishing a system for the voluntary recording of finds of archaeological objects discovered by members of the public, including metal-detector users, and to increase opportunities for active public involvement in archaeology. The data is published on and is made available to the
relevant Sites and Monuments Record. All post-holders will work closely with the Head and Deputy Head of Portable Antiquities.

Finds Adviser
You will check records of relevant objects recorded by the Finds Liaison Officers for consistency and accuracy and edit as necessary; train the Finds Liaison Officers in the identification of coins and provide expert advice on them as required; and publish and research data, liaising with university departments.

Finds Adviser (Iron Age and Roman coins):
Department of Coins & Medals, British Museum (London).
Salary: Scale Band 5, £20,000 (pay award pending)

Finds Adviser (Medieval and post-medieval coins):
Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) andFitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge).
Salary: Scale Oxford RS1A, £18,265–£22,191

Finds Liaison Officers
You will make contact with members of the public including metal-detector users; attend club meetings; explain the aims of the Scheme and the Treasure Act through giving talks; and record finds on the Scheme database.

Berkshire and Oxfordshire: West Berkshire Heritage Service (Newbury, Reading and Standlake).
Salary: West Berkshire Band F, £16,944-£19,185
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: Cambridgeshire County Council (Cambridge and Peterborough).
Salary: LG Scale 5, £16,944

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire: Derby City Museum (Derby and Nottingham).
Salary: LG Scale 5, £16,944
Devon: Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Exeter).
Salary: £16,944

Gloucestershire and Avon: Bristol City Museum (Bristol and Gloucester).
Salary: Bristol Grade 8, £16,944-£18,582
Herefordshire and Shropshire: Ludlow Museum (Hereford, Ludlow and Shrewsbury).
Salary: £16,944

Lancashire and Cumbria: Museum of Lancashire (Preston and Carlisle).
Salary: LG Scale 5, £16,944

South and West Yorkshire: West Yorkshire Archaeology Service – Advisory Service (Wakefield and Doncaster).
Salary: LG Scale 5, £16,944

Staffordshire and West Midlands: Birmingham Museum (Birmingham and Stoke on Trent).
Salary: £16,944
For further details and application forms for each of these posts please contact the following:

Finds Adviser, Iron Age and Roman coins:
Finds Adviser, Medieval and post-Medieval coins: Julia Allen, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, OX1 2PH.
Tel: 01865 278008. Email: julia.allen
For an informal discussion about any of the above posts contact Roger Bland or Michael Lewis on 0207 323 8611.

Finds Liaison Officer, Berkshire and Oxfordshire:
Suzie Pattison , Support Services Assistant, Culture & Youth Service, Avonbank House, West Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1BZ. Tel: 01635 519127.
For an informal discussion contact Amanda Loaring on 01635 30511.

Finds Liaison Officer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:
For more details and an application form go to, click on Jobs and search for reference number VS1648.
If you encounter problems downloading forms contact Quinton Carroll or Sam Wilson. For an informal discussion contact Quinton Carroll. Contacts: Box No ELH1102, Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Court Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP.
Email:  Tel: 01223 718072.
Email: Tel: 01223 712335.

Finds Liaison Officer, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire:
Personnel Department, Department of Development and Cultural Services, Derby City Council, Roman House, Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1XB.
Tel: 01332 716656. Textphone: 01336 256666.
Email: vacancies.D& For an informal discussion contact Jonathan Wallis on 01332 716657. Email:

Finds Liaison Officer, Devon:
John Allan, Curator Antiquities, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX. Tel: 01392 665356. Email:
For an informal discussion contact John Allan (as above).

Finds Liaison Officer, Gloucestershire and Avon:
Bristol City Council, Department of Environment, Transport & Leisure, Human Resources, 4th Floor, Amelia Court, Pipe Lane, Bristol, BS99 1ZG.
Tel: 0117 922 2300 (24hr ansaphone): Job Ref. No. 7594. For an informal discussion contact Ray Barnett on 0117 922 3571 or Jan Wills on 01452 425705.
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Finds Liaison Officer, Herefordshire and Shropshire and Finds Liaison Officer, Staffordshire and West Midlands:
Phil Watson, Department of Human History, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH. Tel: 0121 303 4633.
For an informal discussion about either post contact Phil Watson (as above).

Finds Liaison Officer, Lancashire and Cumbria:
Helen Hemus, Central Office, Lancashire County Museums, Stanley Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 4YP. Tel: 01772 534061. For an informal discussion contact Stephen Bull on 01772 534061.

Finds Liaison Officer, South and West Yorkshire:
I. Sanderson, WYAS Advisory Service, Registry of Deeds, Newstead Road, Wakefield, WF1 2DE. Tel: 01924 306801. For an informal discussion contact Ian Sanderson on number above (direct line).

Closing date for applications: 26 September 2003

Contact: Michael Lewis

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