Dig into your local history with us

Do you have a passion for archaeology? Have you discovered an archaeological object you would like identifying?

We work with several partners to help you explore Hull and East Riding’s archaeology and take your interest further.

Portable Antiquities Scheme (North and East Yorkshire)

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year, people discover thousands of archaeological objects. Many are found by metal detector users. But some discoveries are by people out walking, gardening or going about their daily work.

The Finds Liaison Officer for the North and East Yorkshire hosts a series of Finds Days at Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology. On these days, you can bring in your finds for identification and recording. These are pre-bookable events with 15-minute slots. Eligible finds are borrowed for three months and returned with an identification at the following event.

Find out more about upcoming dates and register for our Finds Days

East Riding Archaeological Society (ERAS)

ERAS is for everyone interested in the archaeology of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. For over 50 years they’ve brought together amateur archaeologists, professionals in a range of fields, and all those interested in our area’s past and the preservation of our heritage. They currently have over 250 members and their aim is to promote interest in archaeology through events, fieldwork, publications and lectures. 

Find our more about East Riding Archaeological Society

Council for British Archaeology (CBA)

The CBA is an educational charity working throughout the UK to help people, of all backgrounds, to experience and participate in archaeology.

Find our more about Council for British Archaeology 

Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales (2017)

If undertaken responsibly, metal-detecting can make an important contribution to archaeological knowledge. The Portable Antiquities Scheme’s website provides guidance for metal-detectorists who wish to contribute to our understanding of the history of England and Wales. It combines both the requirements of finders under the law, as well as more general voluntary guidance on accepted best practice.

Find out more information about the code of practise.

Hull Geological Society

The Hull Geological Society was founded in 1888 and is now an educational charity offering its members a variety of meetings and activities.

Find out more about Hull Geological Society

The Hull Natural History Society

Since 1880 we have observed, recorded and supported the conservation of wildlife in Hull, the East Riding and beyond.

Find out more about The Hull Natural History Society