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Museums Application Process

Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel

Next panel meeting: 15th May 2024

Application deadline: 3rd April 2024

Second round deadline: 1st May 2024


Museums will receive regional notification e-mails with cases from their local authority. Museums Galleries Scotland also distributes the full caselist to all accredited museums to ensure full coverage. If you are not currently receiving the regional notifications, and would like to, please e-mail the Treasure Trove Unit (

Any museum that is accredited (either provisionally or fully) under the UK wide accreditation scheme administered in Scotland by Museums Galleries Scotland is eligible to apply to be allocated Treasure Trove cases.


How to apply

If your museum wishes to apply for Treasure Trove cases, please fill out a Standard Application Form to apply.

If your museum regularly applies for Treasure Trove cases you can submit a Standing Profile to be kept on file by TTU. With this in place, future cases can be applied for using the Simplified Application Form. 

Applications for Treasure Trove must be sent to the Treasure Trove Unit (, cc. before the advertised deadline.

Standing Profile Form:

Standing Profile Form for Museums

Standard Application Form:

Standard Application Form for Museums

Simplified Application Form:

Simplified Application Form for Museums



SAFAP considers all applications on an equal basis according to the guidelines, which can be found in Section 12 of the Treasure Trove Code of Practice.

Should more than one institution apply to be allocates the same Treasure Trove case, SAFAP will apply criteria in Appendix L of the Code of Practice and institutions will be invited to submit supplementary information to help inform the decision of the panel.

There is a presumption that material will be allocated locally unless a convincing argument for allocating it elsewhere is presented.


Help for funding ex gratia awards

National Museums Scotland manages the National Fund for Acquisitions on behalf of the Scottish Government. All accredited museums are eligible to apply to the NFA, which can meet 50% of the total acquisition costs –

Museums Galleries Scotland has an up to date guide on other sources of funding: