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How we can help
Everyday people find objects whilst metal detecting, digging in their garden or when walking their dogs!
Ipswich Museum can help you find out about your discovery through our free identification service. Simply bring your object to us during opening hours and one of our staff will be happy to help and talk you through the process.
You can read more at 'Identification service' under the 'Collections' menu.
Portable Antiquities Scheme
If your object is over 300 years old you can report it to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). The Finds Liaison Officer for Suffolk will then photograph and record your find (before giving it back) so that it can join a national on-line database. This will make a real contribution to the story of Suffolk and help researchers and people who are interested in where they live.
If you find something made of gold and silver it may need to be legally reported. The Finds Liasion Officer for Suffolk will be happy to advise you on what to do next.
Find out more about the PAS and Treasure Act here: http://finds.org.uk or read more about the PAS under the 'Collections' menu.
Ipswich Museum is always delighted to help with research enquiries from students and interested members of the public.
Call 01473 433550 to discuss your enquiry and to make an appointment to visit.