.Concerned about the damage to the reputation of their hobby, a UK metal detectorists' forum has attempted to fill the gap with what the CBA and PAS between them could not manage to cough up in association with their television "Secret Treasures" show: UKDN "Britain's Secret Treasures" Beginners' Guide. This starts off rather inauspiciously:
With the long awaited start of the detecting season coinciding with the Britain’s Secret Treasures ITV programme we can expect a rush of people joining the hobby, if that programme has not wetted (sic) peoples (sic) appetites to detect[,] then nothing will. Well done to the finders of all those Treasures for unearthing our past, filling our Museums with tourists, raising the Nations (sic) esteem and to the Portable Antiquities Scheme for all their hard work in their outreach, recording, conserving, researching and on occasion getting down to earth excavating the hoards.There's clearly been lots of value in those fifteen million pounds worth of outreach if the result of their involvement in a TV programme results in a "rush of people joining the [site-depleting artefact hunting] hobby"! As a result of this outstanding work, metal detectorists, though unable to cope with apostrophes, have learnt that archaeology is all about:
filling our Museums with tourists [by showing cases of glittering geegaws dug up by metal detectorists] and
raising the Nation's esteem ["Vorgeschichte, eine hervorragend nationale Wissenschaft"]
This 25 page guide is obviously well-intentioned, but it is a shame that it was not consulted with their PAS "partners" and elsewhere. They might at least have cautioned them to put at the top that what it says applies not the whole UK but just the bits covered by the PAS - so England (and, for the moment, Wales) and provided some suggestions about approaching the wider question of best practice (though I am glad to see some rudimentary considerations at last about the question of curation of the finds, missing from the official code of practice - let alone the rival unoficial ones).
On the latter see Heritage Actions recent post "Codes to Pose with". Some sensible words there as always.