Amateur archaeologists are being invited to share their fascinating finds at a special free event being held at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.
The Finds Days, organised in association with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), give members of the public the chance to bring along their archaeological discoveries in the hope of finding out more about their history.
Where possible and appropriate the finds will be identified and recorded on the PAS database – which helps inform research on local and national archaeology being carried out now and in the future – by the PAS finds liaison officer for the area, Vanessa Oakden.
Hannah White, collections assistant for Culture Warrington, the charity which runs Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, said: “This is a great opportunity for the public to bring their treasures along and have them looked over by an expert.
“You never know, we might discover the next Winwick Brooch, a medieval gold brooch found by a metal detector in North Warrington which has since been declared as treasure.
“This precious item is currently on display in the museum’s Cabinet of Curiosities gallery and is part of the Treasure20 Project celebrating 20 years since the commencement of the Treasure Act 1996 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.”
The Finds Days takes place on Saturday 21 October with additional dates scheduled for four Saturdays next year; details will be announced at a later date.
Those interested in coming along are asked to inform Warrington museum staff in advance by calling 01925 442339 or 01925 442015.
Metal finds, flint and pottery of more than 300 years old are welcome and attendees are asked to bring details of the find spot such as a grid reference; guidance on how to do this can be provided.
Exhibition title: Finds Days
Dates: Saturday 21 October
Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington, WA1 1JB