Treasure Trove: Conservation

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Treasury Act 1996 to promoting museum-led conservation.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The aim of the Treasure Act 1996 is to preserve important and significant finds for public collections. The intention is that at the end of the process governed by the Act and its associated code of practice, a treasure find will be acquired and conserved by a museum.

The Act and code both emphasise the importance of conservation throughout the treasure find process. The code contains extensive information on the treatment of finds and urges finders to follow appropriate codes of conduct and to seek the advice of professional archaeologists of archaeological and conservation methods.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme, which operates in England and Wales, and which records archaeological finds, also provides advice on conservation to finders.

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