Free Finds Identification Day

Press Release: 23/04/2008

Man holding a found object

Have you found anything interesting when out walking, digging the garden or metal detecting: perhaps flint tools, pieces of pottery or coins? Would you like to discover what they are, or find out more about them?

If so, Winchester City Council’s Museums Service in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme is hosting a free Finds Identification Day during May’s Museums and Galleries Month at City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre on Saturday 10th May between 10am and 4pm.

Rob Webley, the Hampshire Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer, and colleagues from the Museums Service will be on hand to try to identify your mysterious finds and tell you more about these clues from the past.

All the finds that qualify will be recorded onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s national database to help build up the picture of life in and around Hampshire in the past.

Rob said, "Each year many thousands of archaeological objects, or ‘portable antiquities’, are found by members of the public. Recent finds days have seen such objects brought in as Roman coins, fragments of medieval pottery, intriguing figurines - even a prehistoric stone axe! I can’t wait to see what interesting and unusual objects people will bring in this time."

This event is part of the Art and Artefacts exhibition where you can see the latest artwork by local artist Alan Cracknell, displayed alongside some of the archaeological treasures that inspire him. The event is free and no booking is required.

Contact: Winchester Museums Service on 01962 873 610.


Further information on the Portable Antiquities Scheme at