On November 22nd Roy Clare the head of the MLA said
The work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme is of great national importance and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is delighted to see the benefit it has delivered for finders, museums and the public this year. We are committed to seeing the scheme evolve with even greater impact in protecting the country’s heritage and drawing the public and the museum world into a shared understanding of our past.
today in British Archaeology p7 we have this
“In the week that it emerged the government was soon to announce that the £150m Stonehenge roads and visitor project was to be scrapped, the museums, Libraries and Archives Council said it planned to shed the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s central unit, effectively initiating the scheme’s end.
Angie Bolton, FLO for Warwickshire and Worcestershire, told British Archaeology that they could not do their job without the central unit. “We need the expertise of the finds advisor’s”, she said, “we need the database”. Asked if the scheme would fall without the central unit, she replied, “Definite, yes. It will fold”.”
This means people like Roger Bland, Michael Lewis, Dan Pett and others …Mr Clare wishes to have any remaining FLO’s (the ones that don’t leave the scheme) sent out to ‘Hub Museum’s in the regions, which means that you will find it very difficult to record anything unless your near one of these museums?
Like it or not… are we going to see an outreach organisation collapse!
Find out more .. please come back with any info you can… this is peoples jobs… this is ten years of work! Ten years! Wasted? decades of getting to the point where the PAS existed… Do we want to see a return to the 70s? I certainly don’t…
My respect for the PAS has increased over the past few years.. I for one will not stand by and watch this happen… under the guise of reorganisation or rationalisation… what next?
I am reminded of the poem… I stood and watched them take the teachers.. and did nothing… then they came for me.