Thursday 27 August 2015

Alms for Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is collapsing in on itself, it has just now set up a charity page 'Supporting the Portable Antiquities Scheme':
Many of you (sic) have asked how you can help support the PAS over the past 18 years and with your help through Just Giving we can continue re-writing the archaeology and history of England, Wales and your local areas. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity.
The British Museum Learning, Volunteers and Audiences Department is not however a charity. Neither does the PAS have an accounting department, so what happens when this money enters the British Museum? The webpage does not say.

 A bit incongruous don't you think? One wonders when the Treasure ransom system will be linked with the need for funds to administer it.  

Maybe metal detectorists will now run fundraising events, not for the usual range of 'socially conspicuous' aims (Men in uniforms, Children, disabled children, boy scouts etc), but to raise money for their 'partner' which does so much to bolster their image. And let them not be coy about it and do it anonymously, let them stand up and shout, "I'm a metal detectorist and I support the PAS!" Metal detectorists and antiquity collectors from across the Atlantic who say the PAS is the next best thing to heaven need not be shy about donating either, their money will not be turned away. Stout, Sayles, Welsh and Tompa, this means you. 

The Welsh need not bother, they'll probably not have a PAS much longer

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