The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a DCMS funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. This scheme will help to ensure that more of these discoveries are recorded and the contextual information around an object is not lost. As such the CBA are an active supporter of the scheme and lobbying to encourage its widespread adoption.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme’s 2015 conference celebrates the launch of PASt Explorers, the Scheme’s five year Heritage Lottery Funded project to recruit and train volunteers from local communities, increasing the capacity of the PAS to record archaeological objects found by members of the public.
This conference aims to illustrate how volunteers have contributed to archaeological knowledge, and asks how we can better demonstrate the impact and celebrate the value of involving volunteers in archaeology on individuals and society as well as understanding our shared past.
Refreshments (tea/coffee) will be provided free of charge. Lunch can be purchased from one of a selection of restaurants and cafés in and around the British Museum. The conference takes place in the BP lecture theatre at the British Museum on Monday 23rd November 2015.
Admission to the conference is free but advance booking is essential. Places can be reserved on the Eventbrite webpage here (https://past-explorers-2015.eventbrite.co.uk) or call Clemency Cooper on 02073 238293. Registration closes at 12:00 noon on Friday 20th November 2015.