Treasure Valuation Committee x 1 Member

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

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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State wishes to appoint a new Member to the Treasure Valuation Committee.

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 an individual drawn from those who represent the interests of finders.

DCMS is committed to equality of opportunity and is committed to ensuring that public appointments better represent the views of the communities which they serve. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes. 

Role of the Committee

The role of the Treasure Valuation Committee is set out in the Treasure Act 1996 Code of Practice as follows:

  • to recommend to the Secretary of State valuations for the items brought before it which correspond as closely as possible, taking account of all relevant factors, to what may be paid for the object(s) in a sale on the open market between a willing seller and a willing buyer; 
  • to provide advice to the Secretary of State in cases where there may be grounds for either no reward to be paid to the finder, or for a reduced reward to be paid, or where there is a dispute as to the apportionment of the reward between the finder and the occupier/owner of the land or between the occupier and a person having a superior interest.
  • to provide advice to the Secretary of State as to whether the finder of a Treasure case was an archaeologist (or a person engaged on an archaeological excavation or investigation) or not.  
  • to issue guidance from time to time on the valuation of finds, which valuers and interested parties should take account of. 

Person Specification

Essential Criteria 

All candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the types of antiquities commonly classed as ‘Treasure’ and acquired by museums
  • A general understanding of Treasure issues and appreciation of the need to be seen to act within the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
  • An ability to assess objectively the value of Treasure finds
  • Experience of working as member of a committee or in a similar collegiate situation

Desirable expertise and qualifications for this post:

  • Experience with the commercial trade in British antiquities and/or in the collecting of such items
  • Membership of a relevant trade association or relevant academic qualifications or experience

Additional Information

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is up to five years.  Meetings are held at the British Museum, though some may be conducted via videoconferencing software as appropriate.

Start date: November 2021

The current Board

Chair: Professor Roger Bland OBE

Members: Harry Bain, Gail Boyle, Marian Campbell, Dr Megan Gooch, Chris Martin, Lucinda Orr

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