Our guidelines are aimed at archaeologists, finds specialists and museum curators who are involved in the planning and publication of archaeological projects with an expected finds assemblage, as well as finds liaison officers and other museum staff advising metal detectorists. They provide advice on good conservation practice and indicate what project managers should expect from conservation practitioners.
They do not provide detailed practical conservation advice for fieldwork, and should be viewed as companion to other texts such as First Aid for Finds.
Watkinson, D and Neal V, First Aid for Finds (London: Rescue/UKICAS 2001)
Advice on facilities and conservation laboratories available for commercial and other work can be obtained from the Conservation Register of the Institute of Conservation (ICON).
On 1 April 2015 the part of English Heritage represented on this website changed its name to Historic England. You may notice that some of our content still refers to English Heritage. We are in the process of rebranding, but in the meantime please be assured that all our content and guidance is still current.
Also of interest...
Our Science Advisors (SAs) provide advice on all aspects of the historic environment. Here you can find our contact details and what we do.
Archaeological conservators carry out investigative and remedial conservation from well-equipped laboratories. We offer advice and conduct research
Historic England technical guidance on preservation in situ.