Treasure Valuation Committee - Board Member

Body: Treasure Valuation Committee
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: British Museum, London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post is not salaried, but reasonable travel and subsistence is paid.
Time Requirements: The average time commitment is likely to be 2 days per month. There are 7-8 Committee meetings (all-day) a year plus additional time to study papers, carry out research on the internet, exchange opinions with other members by email and telephone etc.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP has appointed Gail Boyle as a Trustee to the Treasure Valuation Committee for a term of 5 years, commencing on 30 March 2018.

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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Treasure Valuation Committee provides independent advice to the Secretary of State on the fair market value of declared Treasure finds from England, Wales and Northern Ireland which museums wish to acquire. Its membership comprises experts on the range of antiquities submitted for valuation, on museums and their collections, and on the law relating to antiquities. In addition, the membership includes individuals drawn from those who represent the interests of museums and Finders.

Role of the Committee

The Committee’s terms of reference are detailed in the Treasure Act 1996 Code of Practice.

Treasure Valuation Committee members shall:

  • Value each Treasure find on the basis of willing buyer/willing seller (i.e., auction hammer price, not retail price)
  • Advise the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport where there are grounds for reducing the reward to a finder or a find site owner, or paying no reward at all.
  • Advise on what is best practice in other aspects of Treasure, including the treatment of finds, and the apportionment of awards between interested parties.

Person Specification

Personal Criteria:

  • All Committee members should be able to demonstrate:
  • A general understanding of Treasure issues
  • An ability to assess objectively the value of Treasure finds
  • Experience of working as a member of a committee or in a similar collegiate situation

Desirable expertise and qualifications for this post:

  • Knowledge of British archaeological objects, in particular those object types commonly reported as Treasure: gold and silver jewellery, dress-accessories, hoards of prehistoric metalwork and coins.
  • Currently employed by a public collection, with experience in the acquisition of archaeological material. The member will be expected to uphold the principles of the Treasure Act 1996 in his or her work.
  • Membership of the relevant industry associations or societies and an appropriate academic qualification or experience.

Additional Information

Committee Members:

  1. Chairman – Professor Lord Renfrew  – Senior Fellow at the McDonald Institute, University of Kaimsthorn of Cambridge, and expert in the trade in illicit antiquities.


  1. Ms Harry Bain – Editor of the Searcher Magazine and Finders’ representative
  2. Mr Jim Brown – Consultant at Dix Noonan Webb and expert in Iron Age, Medieval and Post-Medieval coins
  3. Ms Marian Campbell – Former senior curator of Metalwork at Victoria and Albert Museum, and expert on Medieval artefacts
  4. Mr Chris Martin – Proprietor and Managing director of CJ Martin Coins and Ancient Art, Ltd., and St. James Ancient Art. Chairman of British Numismatic Trade Association and Antiquities Dealers Association
  5. Ms Hetty Gleave – Partner in Hunter’s Law Firm, Lincoln’s Inn, and expert in Cultural Property Law

Term of Appointment:

Normally 5 years.


How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history. directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards; and
  • The conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the panel

Completed applications should be sent to: Please put ‘The Treasure Valuation Committee” in the subject line. Alternatively, they can be posted to Priya Mistry, DCMS, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

To talk to someone about the public appointments process, please contact Priya Mistry on 0207 211 6402 or

To talk to someone about the trustee roles at the Treasure Valuation Committee please contact Ian Richardson, Secretary to the Board on 0207 323 8611 or by email to

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews


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