finds liaison officer


Salisbury Museum / PAS




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The Salisbury Museum

Job Description

Fixed-term contract
(to 31 March 2021 – with expectation of extension to 31 March 2022)

Job Title: Finds Liaison Officer (job-share)

Reporting to: Museum Director

Working with: Finds Liaison Officer, Wessex Collections Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Reception Staff

Responsible for: Volunteers, Placements

Working days/hours: 21 hours per week

Salary: £24,600 per annum (pro rata)


To record archaeological objects found by the public, including metal detector users, to advance archaeological knowledge and to increase opportunities for active public involvement in archaeology.

This role is funded by the British Museum in partnership with Salisbury Museum, Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Museum.

Main Duties and responsibilities:

1. To explain the aims of the Scheme to the wider public (for example, local archaeological and historical societies, schools, media, talks, exhibitions etc.), emphasising that the Scheme is concerned to record all portable antiquities and not just metal objects and to present the data gathered;

2. To explain the aims of the Scheme to archaeologists and museum curators in the Wiltshire area and to seek their co-operation;

3. To make contact with metal-detector users and other finders in the Wiltshire area, both those in clubs and other metal-detector users who are not members of clubs; to attend metal detecting club meetings to explain the project and to borrow finds for recording; to encourage clubs and finders to record their finds themselves where appropriate using the PAS database; to attend other museums and sites in Wiltshire (such as Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Wiltshire Museum and Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham) on a regular basis to record finds deposited there;

4. To explain the requirements of the Treasure Act and Code of Practice and the statutory provision relating to the use of metal-detectors on scheduled sites to finders; to act as expert advisers on finds of treasure in liaison with local museums and coroners and to keep finders informed of progress with their treasure cases;

5. To foster a spirit of co-operation between metal-detector users, landowners and archaeologists; to educate detector users and landowners on best practice, communicating the archaeological requirements concerning the accurate recording of the provenance of finds and the need not to disturb in situ deposits and to mediate between them and archaeologists/museum curators if necessary.;

6. To record finds using the Portable Antiquities Database; to seek advice from Finds Advisers for those objects they are unable to identify personally; to help develop the database and accompanying standards for recording objects;

7. To make a quarterly report to the Head of Portable Antiquities on their progress in carrying out the above roles;

8. To manage volunteers and placements to assist with the recording of archaeological finds and other work relating to the Scheme.

9. To comply with all decisions, policies and standing orders of the museum and any relevant statutory requirements, including the Equality Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act and Data Protection Act.

10. To assist generally with the public service of the museum, including answering enquiries from members of the public.

11. To participate in training and development as may be required from time to time commensurate with the level of the post.

12. To undertake other such analogous duties as may be allocated by the Director or his representative.

Finds Liaison Officer

Person Specification

Person Specification pro-forma

E = Essential D = Desirable

General Attributes
Specific Criteria
Education/Qualifications Good degree in archaeology or a related discipline, or considerable relevant experience.
Post graduate qualification in archaeology or a related discipline.
Skills Ability to work in a highly-organised fashion, under pressure and to tight deadlines
Ability to work alone
Ability to collect systematically and to collate large amounts of information and data, and to produce quarterly reports, and other documentation to a high standard of numeracy, accuracy and clarity.
Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, including finders, archaeologists, landowners, the general public and the media.
Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of computerised databases.
Artefact identification and recording E
Relevant Experience Previous experience of working within an archaeological organisation with an emphasis on finds recording and processing.
Previous experience of leading, working with and training volunteers
Previous experience of working or volunteering for the Portable Antiquities Scheme
Previous experience of working with metal-detectorists or similar groups
Previous experience of working with local archaeology groups
Knowledge Awareness of issues relating to metal-detecting and archaeology
Knowledge of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Previous research into and/or publication of archaeological finds.
Other factors Clean driving licence and own transport.
A flexible approach to work. There will be some evening and weekend work at metal-detector clubs and other relevant societies and organisations.

Finds Liaison Officer

Conditions of Service

1 Salary £24,600 per annum (pro rata)

2 Commencement January 2021

3 Contract Fixed term to 31 March 2021 (with expectation of extension to 31 March 2022)

4 Hours Part-time – 21 hours per week (to include some

5 Location Salisbury, Wiltshire

6 Leave 21 days (pro rata) rising to 25 days after five years’ employment in addition to Bank and Public Holidays. The leave year runs from the month of commencement of employment.

7 Probation There will be an initial probationary period of three months during which time the successful candidate and the Museum will establish their suitability to each other. The Museum reserves the right to extend the probationary period to six months in exceptional circumstances.

8 Pension The museum can arrange access to the NEST workplace pension

9 Termination The appointment may be terminated by either side
upon two month's notice.

10 Mileage allowance Authorised car journeys will be reimbursed at the
appropriate rate paid by the Wiltshire Council.

11 Sick pay Normal pay will be paid up to 4 weeks in any
period of 12 months provided medical certificates are provided where appropriate and Statutory Sick Pay provisions will apply.

12 Medical fitness Appointment is subject to satisfactory medical
fitness. A confidential questionnaire on medical history will be required before appointment is finally confirmed.

13 Qualifications Evidence of qualifications (if necessary) will be required of the
successful candidate.

FINDS LIAISON OFFICER A new job opportunity has arisen at Salisbury Museum. We are looking for a Finds Liaison Officer to job share with our existing FLO. This is a part-time position - 3 days per week and a fixed term contract until 31 March 2021 (which we hope to extend until 31 March 2022). This role is part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme – a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by the public, including metal detector users, to advance archaeological knowledge and to increase opportunities for public involvement in archaeology. This data is published on and is made available to the relevant Historic Environment Records. This position is funded in partnership with the British Museum and a consortium of Wiltshire Museum, Swindon Museum and Wiltshire Council led by Salisbury Museum. The ideal candidate will have a degree in archaeology or a related discipline, together with experience of finds identification, recording and database entry, and public outreach work in a museum or archaeology environment. The post holder will be highly organised when working under pressure and to deadlines. Previous experience of leading, working with and training volunteers is essential. A high level of IT literacy is key, in particular a sound knowledge of using databases, to allow effective recoding of finds on the Scheme's finds database. It is essential that the post holder has the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and groups, including metal-detector users, to explain the aims of the Scheme and the Treasure Act. The post will be primarily based at Salisbury Museum with some days worked in other organisation across the area including Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Wiltshire Museum and Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham. To download a job application, job description and the equal opportunities monitoring form, please go to Application forms and the equal opportunities monitoring form can be submitted via email to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! or via post to The Salisbury Museum, The King’s House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EN. Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 29 November 2020 Interview date: to be confirmed – ideally mid-December on Zoom.

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