This news should be of concern to everyone. Due to budget pressures in the UK, the Portable Antiquities Scheme will be folded into another department at the British Museum and likely suffer budget cuts despite its popularity with both the public and many British archaeologists. As a result, Roger Bland, who has run the PAS since its inception, will be leaving his post.
The PAS has been instrumental in bringing archaeologists, metal detectorists and collectors together in a shared effort to help record the past. So, perhaps it's not surprising that the BM states that the PAS is being placed in the Department of Learning, Volunteers and Audiences as part of an effort to help the BM with public outreach to help make it the "museum of the country" by working with partners outside of London. If so, CPO hopes that the BM will ensure this important asset remains adequately funded despite obvious budget pressures.
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