New Finds Liaison Officer at RAMM
17 December 2018
Lucy Shipley is the new Finds Liaison Officer for Devon. She is based in RAMM and records archaeological finds made by members of the public from across the county.
Bring your finds
She says “Whether you’re a passionate metal detectorist or just happen to have found something in your garden, please do bring your discoveries in to me for identification and recording. Please feel free to make an appointment to bring your finds in to me on a Wednesday or a Thursday at RAMM. You can send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get in touch as soon as I can. I will also be out and about, organising Finds Days and visiting metal detecting clubs.” Lucy has a PhD from the University of Southampton and a 9-year career in archaeological research and outreach. She has volunteered at RAMM in the past after moving to Devon 6 years ago.
Recording the nation’s archaeology
Finds Liaison Officers work for the national Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). Together they have now recorded over a million artefacts found by the public. The Scheme is run by the British Museum and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales – to encourage the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.
The Finds Liaison Officer is also the point of contact if you think you have discovered an item that falls under the Treasure Act (1996). If you think your find might be Treasure, please get in touch as quickly as possible and Lucy will guide you through the legal process. Read more about Treasure on the PAS website www.finds.org.uk/treasure.
Find out more
An amazing range of objects found by members of the public have already been recorded in Devon. They all help further our understanding of the county’s past. We are steadily improving our knowledge and now have a much clearer idea of previously vague time periods. For example, PAS finds have allowed us to map the spread of Viking artefacts in Devon, helping us understand this fascinating period in much better detail.
To find out more about the scheme and explore the finds database, explore the PAS website: www.finds.org.uk.