Detectorists are a dopey lot and rather slow off the mark as usual - post on a metal detecting forum near you by "muddy fingers" (Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:31 pm):
Trouble at the PAS?Ummm..... duh! Sort of like "March this year" aware of. Member "Fusion" belatedly admits that member in the know were not talking about it (Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:11 pm):
My NCMD Magazine which has just arrived, carries the news that Roger Bland, Head of the PAS, has resigned and will be leaving his employment at the British Museum this month. Roger Bland has been in charge of the PAS since it was set up in 1996. I don't know what this bolt from the blue is all about- is there some sort of trouble with the PAS scheme that detectorists should be aware of?
This has all been kept rather quiet. People have known about it for a month or two, one well-known blogger has made a lot of comments about it,and yet nobody thought to open any discussion threads on a metal detecting forum near you, because they would not want, after all, anyone admitting that "a well-known blogger" ("He Who Shall Not Be Named") has a single pertinent point about metal detecting and its current political and social context, would they? How pathetic can you get? But note how the FLOs (FLAs now?) have apparently not had a word with any of them... "Muddy Fingers" adds (Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:43 pm):
I looked up a few things about it on the web [...] It is looking as though the PAS has been downgraded in importance somewhat [...] The NCMD are saying in their magazine article that they weren't even given the opportunity to make any comments regarding the re-organisation of the PAS at the BM.Where did Muddy Fingers go for that? Hmm? He provides no links. And what, pray, does this have to do "just" with the National Council for Metal Detecting? There was no public consultation whatsoever - even though the Scheme is there to serve the whole public, so they say anyway. The changes came into effect from the 1st of May. The government has washed their hands of the troublesome PAS. It achieved a figure "one million artefacts" which can be quoted approvingly (sounds good until folk start asking "yes but what was missed?"). It is now not the responsibility of Whitehall, they've offloaded responsibility onto a small sub-department of a museum in Bloomsbury. What happens next is their fault. Entirely. And "happen" it will.
there was some internal change management at the BM and PAS now fall under education and outreach including creating a legion of volunteers. [...] Dan Pett is now under the umbrella of the BM IT department. [...] The hobby will have to see how the ripples pan out longer term as, short of organising a whip round, that is all we can do.A 'whipround'? Except the problem is not really just one of the money....
UPDATE 9th July 2015
They just do not get it, do they? First of all they decided to change the thread name to "Re: PAS - Roger Bland has resigned" and now Liam Nolan expresses the hope that "I hope as the economy recovers, the funding also returns to support such a great service to the detecting community". So... until "the economy recovers" will responsible detectorists be stopping so as not to overload the slimmed-down PAS with artefact-hunting-related recording which they cannot cope with, or will they carry on as before bemoaning the fact that the "service to the detecting community" is cut?