Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales 

The NCMD have been writing to members of the Welsh Government, and associated funders in response to budget cuts that could affect the PAS service in Wales. 

We have received the following response from Steve Burrow, Deputy Head of Public History & Archaeology. 

“I’m writing to you in my capacity as Amgueddfa Cymru’s organizational lead for PAS Cymru and the Treasure process in Wales.

As you know, Wales’s culture sector has had a difficult time recently as heritage organisations have sought to absorb significant cuts in our grants from the Welsh Government (Amgueddfa Cymru Statement: Welsh Government 24/25 Draft Budget Announcement (museum.wales)). This has generated uncertainty regarding the future funding of PAS Cymru, which I know has caused great concern to your members and other users of the service.

Throughout this process our three funders, Amgueddfa Cymru, Cadw and Welsh Government have expressed their commitment to PAS Cymru and, following a meeting of the partners, we now know the shape of PAS Cymru going forward.

In brief, while we have undergone some changes, our reporting capacity remains broadly as it was before, with our FLOs in Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham available to record finds, as are staff at the Dyfed and Gwynedd Archaeological Trusts.

I also wanted to say how much we’ve appreciated the messages of support that your members have sent over recent months. It’s been great to hear how much you value the service that the team provide. Thank you on behalf of us all.

Steve Burrow


Dirprwy Bennaeth Hanes Cyhoeddus ac Archaeoleg |
Deputy Head of Public History & Archaeology

We will keep you updated on any further news.

Kind Regards
Alan Tamblyn
General Secretary NCMD