How can I find out more about heritage sites in my area?
The Art Fund website has a fantastic list of museums and art galleries throughout the UK here. The list links through to individual websites for each institution, where you can find out more about the collections they hold. English Heritage and the National Trust also have sites throughout the UK. If you’re in Scotland, or visiting Scotland, head over to Historic Environment Scotland or the National Trust of Scotland. CADW also has information on heritage sites in Wales here (also available in Welsh).
If you’d like to find out more about the history of a particular site, head to your local County Records Office or County Archive, archaeological society, or library. The British Library and National Archives are also invaluable resources for those wanting to find out more about history and heritage.
Feel free to ask staff at heritage sites questions – we are quite often able to recommend books, other heritage sites to visit, and reel off facts as well.
What should I do if I discover a historic object?
Make sure you keep details of where and when you found the object, and get in touch with your local Finds Liaison Officer (FLO). Each county in the UK has an FLO, you can find their details on the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) here. The PAS website also has some fantastic information on ‘good practice’ with finds.
What happens if I discover a heritage crime?
Historic England defines heritage crime as ‘any offence which harms the value of heritage assets and their settings’, with more information on their website. There are also details of how to report heritage crime here.
I’ve found a really interesting heritage-related story, or have something heritage-related I’d like to share with you. Can I get in touch?
Yes! Of course! Please use the contact form at the top of the page or drop me a direct message on Twitter. If you’re interested in finding more about my career, or want to chat about one of my posts further, please do get in touch!
Are you available for talks or heritage/museum consultancy work?
Yes, I am. Please contact me via my contact form and I will be very happy to discuss your requirements.