Archaeological Archives

Archaeological Archives

Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery is the repository for Archaeological archives generated within the area administered by Peterborough City Council.

Professional and community organisations performing fieldwork within the PMAG collecting area, or that will be depositing with us must follow the guidance outlined in our Archaeological Archive Standards document.

Downloads for the relevant documents can be found below.

Depositors should note that Peterborough Museum reserves the right to refuse to accept and/or return archives or parts of archives that do not meet our standards

Accessioning and Deposition

If you require an accession number for your archive, or if you need to book your deposition date slot, please complete the request form linked below. (Accession numbers are only assigned to project archives that have completed PX and are ready to be invoiced for deposition charges.)

Additional Information & Resources

Depositing Archives

Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery has now fully open for the deposition of archaeological archives. All previous restrictions implemented during our phased reopening have now been lifted.

If you are currently holding archives that are ready for deposition, please contact the museum to complete pre-deposition requirements and to secure a 2024/25 deposition date.


Peterborough Museum supports the use of OASIS: It is suggested that most of the communication regarding individual archives takes place using the OASIS messaging system. Our organisation page can be found here.

Deposition Charges

The deposition charge contributes towards the cost of the long-term care, curation of, and access to the Archaeological Archive in line with Museum Accreditation Standards. This may include such things as storage, environmental control and security.

£110 per unit (Excluding VAT)

One unit is:

  • a registered/ sensitive finds box
  • a bulk finds box
  • a large unboxed object
  • a documentary Archive box
  • a roll of documents/ drawings

For complete details of our charging policy see section 1.4.1 of our Archaeological Archive Standards document.

NOTE: The museum reserves the right to amend the deposition fees at any time. A suitable notice period of changes will be given to depositors.


Archaeological Archive Standards

Copyright Licence Template

Data Sharing Agreement Template

Transfer of Title Template

Archive Contents Spreadsheet

Peterborough museum reserves the right to update these Deposition Standards as necessary. Depositors will be notified in advance of any changes.

Contact Us

General enquiries can be made via the details given below.


FAO Archaeological Archives

Address: Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery,
Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF

Tel: (01733) 864663

Get Involved

Peterborough has many opportunities for members of the community to become involved in their local archaeology. Boasting a number of active community groups, and commercial unit outreach programmes, giving everyone the opportunity to get involved. From field walking, geophysics, excavations, finds processing and research, to a packed year of guest speakers, guided tours and activities, to find out more about what these groups offer follow the links below.

If you represent a local archaeology or history group that would like to feature on our website, please email

FRAG - The Fane Road Archaeology Group

An active community archaeology group based in Peterborough, formed in 2014 following the Romans of Fane Road project, supported by Oxford Archaeology East and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

FRAG hosts excavations of the Roman Villa site at their namesake Fane Road, but are also involved in excavations throughout the Peterborough area. FRAG also hosts a series of talks and activities throughout the year and their website provides a what's on for their group but also other local organisations.

MidNAG - The Middle Nene Archaeology Group

Formed in 1971 with the help of the Nene Valley Archaeological Research Committee. MidNag has been active in Peterborough and local area community archaeology ever since.

MidNAG hosts excavations throughout the Peterborough and wider area, and since 2016 have focused on the Roman Barn discovered near to Nassington. This group also hosts a programme of talks and activities throughout the year, including their well known historical themed dinners.

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