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Serving Archaeology:Current Approaches to Sharing Archaeological Information Online

Published: Tuesday 17th May 2005 Author:

Serving Archaeology: Current Approaches to Sharing Archaeological Information Online

Institute of Archaeology, 28 May 2005

Introduction
9.15 Peter Ucko - Welcome
9:30 Ruth Tringham (UC Berkeley): Archaeology on the Web: Entanglement and Entrapment or Medium for Limitless Creativity and Communication
Session 1: Online Outreach, Entertainment and Education: Chair, Elizabeth Fentress (AIAC)
10:00 Carole Lazio (Independent Media Consultant):
Resisting Media Dyslexia
10:30 Carenza Lewis (Cambridge): Access Cambridge Archaeology - widening participation in archaeology
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Frederic Fol Leymarie (Goldsmiths): 3D Representation
12:00 Suzanne Keene (UCL): Virtual archaeology: what's the point of museums?
12:30 Martin Carver (York): Antiquity on-line: assessing, announcing, circulating and ranking research
1:00 Lunch

Session 2: Publishing SMRs, Fieldwork and Archives Online: Chair, Mike Heyworth (CBA)
2:00 William Kilbride, (York, Archaeological Data Service):
To infinity and beyond: digital scholarship and the long haul
2:30 Stuart Eve, Guy Hunt (LP Archaeology, AIAC):
Fasti OnLine.
3:00 - 4:00 Andrew Bevan (UCL),Tyler Bell (Oxford Archdigital): Current GIS and online provisions amongst English HERs
3:30 Adam Rabinowitz (University of Texas at Austin): Who needs what, and what goes where? Cosa, Chersonesos, and the integration of print and internet publication'.
 

Tea

Session 3: Beyond Electronic Paper: Techniques for Online Data Networking
4:30 Nick Crofts, (University of Geneva): CIDOC CRM and its implications for interoperability of online archaeological data
5:00 Matthew Stiff, (English Heritage): Linguistic Interoperability: multi-lingual thesauri
5:30 Tyler Bell (Oxford Archdigital): Technological Interoperability: the FISH toolkit
6:00 Closing Discussion
8:00 Dinner for Speakers

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New Minister for Arts, Heritage, Museums and Galleries, Libraries and the GAC

Published: Tuesday 10th May 2005 Author:

David Lammy

David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, is the new Minister for Arts, Heritage, Museums and Galleries, Libraries and the GAC.

David Lammy was elected Member of Parliament for Tottenham at a by-election on 22nd June 2000.

David was born in Tottenham on 19th July 1972, one of five children raised by a black single mother. At eleven years of age, David won a scholarship as a chorister to attend a state choral school at The Kings School in Peterborough. He came back to London in 1990 to study law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law School. Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, David became the first Black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School in 1997.

He was politically active throughout university, and spent his holidays volunteering for the Free Representation Unit, representing people in tribunals or in cases brought before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. He did a placement in Jamaica, working for Amnesty International and volunteered in Thailand for Prisoners Abroad. David has practised as a lawyer in London and in California, specialising in medical ethics, negligence and commercial litigation.

David returned to England and stood as a Labour candidate for the newly created Greater London Assembly, securing a position as the GLA member with a portfolio for Culture and Arts. Following the sad death of Tottenham's longstanding MP Bernie Grant, David was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27 in June 2000.

David was appointed to Government as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Estelle Morris, the Secretary of State for Education, in June 2001. In May 2002 David was given his first Ministerial position in the Department of Health as Under-Secretary of State. 2004 saw David moving to the new Department for Constitutional Affairs as a junior minister.

He is a trustee of the international development charity AcitionAid and was formerly a director of the Church of England.

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The search is on for the Roman centre of Wetherby

Published: Monday 25th April 2005 Author:

The search for the Roman centre of Wetherby will be the quest for schoolchildren taking part in Leeds Metropolitan University's archaeology project, running from Monday 25 April until Thursday 28 April at Deighton Gates Primary School in Wetherby.

This year the project, which involves students from the School of Education and Professional Training at Leeds Met working with Leeds school pupils, has moved to Wetherby from its usual location of the university's Headingley Campus. It will involve the pupils taking part in excavations, learning about the processes involved in archaeology and discovering more about Roman Wetherby through re-enactments in period costumes by Leeds Met students. West Yorkshire Archaeology Service and the Portable Antiquities Scheme will partner Leeds Met in this project.

In past years this innovative project has seen over 1,000 inner city Leeds children visit Leeds Met's prestigious Headingley Campus to be involved in authentic excavations which have revealed evidence about Leeds Met's heritage.

The project runs from 1:30pm on Monday 25 April to 4:00pm on Thursday 28 April.
Ends

Photo opportunity: Leeds Met education students will be dressing up as a Roman soldier, his wife and a slave girl on Tuesday 26 April, Wednesday 27 April and Thursday 28 April to bring history alive for the schoolchildren.

For further information please contact Hannah Hughes, Leeds Met Communications, on 0113 283 6734.

Notes for editors:

• Leeds Metropolitan University is one of the country's largest higher education establishments, with over 41,000 students and 3,000 members of staff.

• Partnerships with further education colleges mean Leeds Met also has over 100,000 associate students.

• Leeds Met is the only English university that will charge a comparatively low fee of £2,000 for full-time undergraduates from 2006, with its straightforward
'low-charging, high impact' approach.

Further details can be found on the website: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/

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Discover objects of desire at Museums and Galleries across the UK

Published: Thursday 31st March 2005 Author:

Museums and Galleries Month 2005 runs from 1 - 31 May. During May, museums and galleries throughout the UK will put the focus on their objects, with special events and activities to encourage the public to explore collections and treasures in a new light. 

Fabulous Finds Day on Saturday 30 April will get Museums and Galleries Month 2005 off to a great start when enthusiastic collectors of weird and wonderful objects will have the opportunity to show off their finds and special treasures and get advice from the experts.

Collecting has been a British past-time for centuries and British museums and galleries hold some of the finest treasures from around the world. Many of these started as private collections. From Greek urns to Anglo-Saxon gold jewellery; from the first motorcar to the jet engine, an ancient fossil to a designer mobile phone - Museums and Galleries Month is a great opportunity to explore these riches open to all.

"Museums and galleries Month 2005 is a great opportunity to highlight the variety and richness of regional collections" said Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Campaign for Museums . "The theme, Objects of Desire: The Art of Collecting will bring to life the stories behind the objects, treasures and memorabilia left to us by past generations and encourage visitors to think about the objects that would represent today's culture."

Fabulous Finds Day is organised by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Hubs and will take place in nine regional centres across England . Experts will be on hand to examine finds, explain their use and discuss their importance with the person who found them. Other museums and galleries across the UK will also be staging their own Fabulous Finds events throughout May.

Although the focus will be on archaeological finds, the objects can be anything from a fossil discovered on the beach to a '70s lampshade from a car boot sale. There are no limits on the age, size or type of object - the finds are limited only by the imagination of the finders.

So search out your object of desire at museums and galleries in May. The MGM website, www.mgm.org.uk can be searched by location, subject and type of event. MGM 2005 will list over a 1,000 events continuing through to the May Bank Holiday weekend (28-29 th May). The 24 Hour Museum, www.24hourmuseum.org.uk will be providing full coverage of MGM events and reports on Fabulous Finds Days across the UK .

Hundreds of events are already on the MGM events website and Events are being added to the MGM database daily. Here are some examples from around the country.

Eastern

Letchworth Museum & Art Gallery | MGM Event: Objects of Desire - The Art of Collecting | 16/04/2005 - 11/06/2005 A community-led exhibition looking at people's objects of desire, on display alongside objects from the Collection. A display exploring the themes of collections, collecting and what constitutes an 'object of desire.'

East Midlands

Charnwood Museum , Leicestershire | "The original art of Peter and Jane...and more" | 26/05/2005 - 10/07/2005 | 10:00 - 16:30

An exhibition of the original 1960's and 1970's artwork by Martin Aitchison from the popular Peter and Jane Reading series published by Ladybird books. Martin Aitchison was one of Ladybirds most famous illustrators.

London

London Metropolitan Archives | CONSERVATION SURGERY | 26/05/2005 | 11:00 - 16:00 Drop In Advice session Conservators will be on hand to give advice on how to care for your precious family documents including photographs, negatives, diaries, books, drawings and old letters. Please note if your document is very large or fragile it would not be advisable to transport it. However, it may be possible to give advice based on photographs of the document.

West Midlands

Warwickshire Museum - St. John's House | Child's Play?! - Evening Talk | 26/05/2005 | 19:30 - 21:00 . Why collect toys and dolls? What do they tell us about the past? How can we protect them in the future? Discover more about the Museum's collection of dolls and toys with Keeper of Social History, Maggie Wood.

North East

The Bowes Museum | Sense and Sensibility Cotman Watercolours | 07/05/2005 - 31/07/2005 | 11:00 - 17:00 An exhibition of Cotman's stunning 19th century landscapes focusing on local countryside. (in association with Harewood House, Leeds .)

North West

The Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester | Caring For Your Collections | 22/05/2005 | 11:00 - 16:00 . As part of Museums and Galleries Month the Museum is offering you the chance to pick our brains. Talk to Curatorial staff about how to look after your own collections at home.

Northern Ireland

Harbour Museum | MGM Event: Objects of Desire - The Art of Collecting | 01/05/2005 - 31/05/2005. Exhibition 'Objects of Desire' shows items from the Civic collection, to include artwork, silver, glass and sculpture.

Scotland

University of Dundee Museum Services | MGM Event: Thinking About Museums: Objects of Desire & The Concept of Collecting | 24/05/2005 . A one-day conference on philosophy and museums. This event has been organised jointly by University of Dundee Museum Services and Department of Philosophy. What can museums and their collections tell us about the ways we think? How do aesthetics and metaphysics relate to museums and museum collections? These and other topics will be discussed at the event.

South East

The Surfing Museum | BRITISH SURFING HISTORY EXHIBITIONS | 01/05/2005 - 31/08/2005 | 10:00 - 17:00 The country's first full time museum of British surfing history will open on Brighton beach early in 2006. A long-term lease has just been signed on a seafront gallery in paddling distance of the resort's pier surfing breaks. This unique project is creating the first national museum of surfing history anywhere in Europe . The national tour will raise money and the profile of the permanent British Surfing Museum in Brighton .

SEARCH - Hampshire Museums' Hands-On Centre | MGM Event: X-Factor Objects | 21/05/2005 . A community exhibition of objects to amaze and delight, with plenty of hands-on and art & craft activities. The x-factor objects will be displayed and interpreted by local people.

South West

Museum of East Asian Art | The Art of Collecting | People's Choice: from 26 April.

With contributions ns from visitors, Museum Friends, staff, and trustees as well as local and national personalities, the exhibition aims to promote an understanding and enjoyment of East Asian Art at all levels. Using people's explanations as labels, the exhibition will explore the reasons why people have chosen certain objects. This display includes items chosen by a range of famous faces as we ll as leading professionals in the field of East Asian Art. High profiled names such as Loyd Grossman (Presenter and Chairman for The Campaign for Museums), David Battie (BBC broadcaster/writer), The Mayor of Bath, Don Foster MP (Bath MP) and Colin Sheaf (International Head of Asian Art, Bonhams), have all chosen their favourite objects.

Wales

Royal International Pavilion Gallery | MGM Event: Open Chinese Exhibition 'Objects of Desire: The Art of Collecting' | 25/04/2005 - 25/05/2005

Calling all traditional and contemporary artists and craftspeople with a Chinese connection. All entrants should contact Jim Allen on 01978 860111 for entry details.

Yorkshire

National Trust, Nostell Priory | Passions of An Antiquarian Collector: Charles Winn & 19th Century Nostell | 11/05/2005 | 12:00 - 14:00 . A specialist guided tour during Museums and Galleries Month! Ancient oak furniture, historical portraits, old master paintings, colourful cabinets, stained glass, rich leather books and eccentric curiosities - all part of the collection of Charles Winn held at Nostell Priory. Refreshments included. Nostell has long been famed for its eighteenth century Chippendale furniture, but the contribution of Charles Winn - the house's owner in the first half of the nineteenth century - has been largely ignored. Join this new specialist guided tour to learn more about Charles Winn, about the rich variety of items collected by him and the means through which he was able to collect.

Notes to editors

1 Museums and Galleries Month 2005 runs from 1 - 31 May nationwide.

2 Search for events in your own part of the country by logging on to www.mgm.org.uk and select town/city/region and theme. The website is being continually updated as events come in.

3 Fabulous Finds Day is supported by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council as part of Renaissance in the Region and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Events will take place in major regional centres in England as well as at other museums on different dates throughout May. Look out for information about Fabulous Finds Day at www.mgm.org.uk The 24 Hour Museum, www.24hourmuseum.org.uk , will be provide full coverage of Fabulous Finds Days in each region.

4 NB laws regarding Portable Antiquities in Scotland are very different than those in England and Wales . Whereas in England and Wales the recording of all non-Treasure finds is voluntary, all archaeological objects found in Scotland should be reported under Treasure Trove. More information on www.finds.org.uk and www.treasuretrove.org.uk .

5 Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Campaign for Museums, the 24 Hour Museum and Board Member of Museums, Libraries and Archives Council , and Virginia Tandy, Director of Manchester City Galleries are co-chairmen of Museums and Galleries Month 2004.

6 Museums and Galleries Month is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), and Arts Council England.

7 Museums at Night takes place on Saturday 14 May, when some UK museums and galleries will be joining museums across Europe for a late night opening. Participation and activities will vary across the country so check the MGM website for up to date information.

8 Museums and Galleries Month is organised by The Campaign for Museums. Its aims are to raise the profile of and encourage visits to museums and galleries all the year round.

Further information: Gill Roth 020 7635 0520, email press@macunlimited.net (or Ylva French, Campaign for Museums 020 7233 6789, email ylva@campaignformuseums.org.uk)

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Small Things Considered in Essex – Can you help?

Published: Thursday 31st March 2005 Author:

'Small Things Considered' is a travelling exhibition on the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Essex, sponsored by the Museums in Essex Committee. It will visit most of the major museums, and other public venues, across Essex between March 2005 and August 2006.

The purpose of the exhibition is to show the public how ordinary people, and not just archaeologists, are discovering and recording finds and adding to the historical record of where we all live.

It would be excellent to display objects found by metal detector users and other finders as a way of bringing this exhibition 'alive'. With the exhibition running for 18 months, it will be a major showcase for finds otherwise not seen by the public.
If you detect in Essex and would consider loaning objects for a period of at least 6 weeks, I would be very grateful to hear from you.

Essential information:
Each venue will provide SECURE display cases. All objects will be insured for display by the PAS in Essex and most museums will have additional insurance to cover loaned objects. There will be full acknowledgement to metal detecting clubs and individuals, unless they wish to remain anonymous. There will be receipts for all loans. Find spots will be restricted to parish level (or greater, on request). I would like to make records for the PAS , with the owner's permission, though this is entirely voluntary. Things to think about: Objects do not have to be metal - flint, pottery and other material are welcome from the prehistoric to post medieval period. Finds do not have to be 'outstanding', they can be things that you particularly like or are particularly special to you (e.g. it was the first thing you found etc). They need not be recent finds.

The exhibition will run at (in order):

Great Dunmow Museum
Braintree Museum
Witham Museum
Colchester Museum
Colchester Library
Chelmsford Museum
Chelmsford Library
Essex Record Office, Chelmsford
South Woodham Ferrers Museum
Southend Central Museum
 

If you detect in or around one of these areas, I would be very grateful if you would consider supporting the PAS in one or more of these venues.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.

Caroline McDonald
FLO , Essex
01206 282929
caroline.mcdonald@colchester.gov.uk

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Conference Review - papers

Published: Thursday 31st March 2005 Author:

Session 1: Setting the Scene

Andrew Burnett (Deputy Director of the British Museum) welcomed delegates to the British Museum and spoke about the support the British Museum has given PAS. 
Chris Batt (Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council) talked about MLAs role running PAS and welcomed DCMS funding for its future. He also introduced the Arts Minister.
Estelle Morris (Minister for the Arts, DCMS) talked about the success of PAS and its educational potential. She launched the online Anglo-Saxon village of West Mucking (see www.finds.org.uk/village )
Gill Chitty (Hawkshead Consultancy) talked about a recent review of the PAS and made some recommendations for talking the PAS forward. The Portable Antiquities Scheme - Review. (433 Kb)
Philip Wise (Curator of Archaeology, Colchester Castle Museum) talked about managing the PAS locally from the perspective of the Society of Museum Archaeologists. Managing the Scheme locally, from the perspective of the Society of Museum Archaeologists. (1.5 MB)

Session 2: Advancing Archaeological Knowledge

Paul Cuming (SMR Manager, Kent County Council) talked about the benefits of PAS data for enhancing the SMR.
PAS data and Historic Environment Records. (287 KB)
Andrew Richardson (Kent Finds Liaison Officer) talked about involving the public in archaeological excavation and gave examples from Kent.
Involving the public in archaeological excavation. (1 MB)
Andrew David (Head of Archaeological Science, English Heritage) talked about the benefits of survey work and excavation to understand detector finds. Looking to the future (2.2 MB )

Session 3: Education and Learning

Ceinwen Paynton (PAS Education Officer) talked about the educational potential of the Scheme and plans for its future educational work. 
Sharing our past: The Educational work of the PAS (2 MB) | - Comments by a year 7 child on the Anglo-Saxon Village explore - (500 KB)
Anna Marshall (South & West Yorkshire Finds Liaison Officer) talked about learning through the PAS, giving examples of the educational work of FLOs.
Evaluation and Learning (540 KB) | Evaluation and Learning text (48 KB) | Wiltshire hoard movie (8 MB)
Rod Couper (Mental Health Social Worker) talked about using PAS and archaeology (particularly field-walking) to benefit the mentally ill.
 A finder's perspective (900 KB)

Session 4: Looking to the Future

Jim Spriggs (Conservator, York Archaeological Trust) talked about YATs work providing conservation advice for PAS and developing resources and talks for finders.
Papers to follow.
David Barwell (Chairman, National Council for Metal Detecting) talked about empowering finders and working with PAS to encourage liaison and dialogue between archaeologists and finders.
Empowering finders (27 KB)
Roger Bland (Head of Portable Antiquities) talked about talking PAS forward and plans to improve the efficiency and management of PAS.
Taking the Portable Antiquities Scheme forward Text of speech. (48 KB) | Taking the Portable Antiquities Scheme forward Powerpoint presentation (500 KB)
 

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Archaeological discoveries from Bronze Age to the Seventeenth Century declared treasure.

Published: Thursday 31st March 2005 Author:

The items discovered by local metal detectorists in the Vale of Glamorgan area include a hoard of five Late Bronze Age socketed axes, and a gold enamelled seventeenth century posy ring inscribed with the words 'Let Liking Last'. Posy rings that were presented to spouses, friends and family as love tokens.

The National Museums & Galleries of Wales will seek to acquire the hoard for the national collections, following assessment by the independent Treasure Valuation Committee.

All finders of objects containing gold and silver over 300 years old or precious metal groups of two or more precious coins, in addition to base metal coins containing ten or more coins from the same find, have a legal obligation to report such items under the Treasure Act 1996. Prehistoric base-metal assemblages found after 1st January 2003 also now qualify as Treasure.

For further information please contact:
Gwenllïan Carr, Head of Press and Public Relations
National Museums & Galleries of Wales

Direct line: 07974 205 849

Email: gwenllian.carr@nmgw.ac.uk


Listing of treasure cases to be heard on 30 th March 2005 at Cardiff coroner's court

1. Llanmaes, Vale of Glamorgan (Treasure Case 03.04)
Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age metalwork assemblage
Found by Mr Steve McGrory and Mr. Anton Jones
Recommendation: disclaimed as treasure - subsequently acquired by NMGW through private purchase
Curator: Adam Gwilt

Bronze Age hoard

2. Llantrithyd, Vale of Glamorgan (Treasure Case 04.03)
Late sixteenth - early seventeenth century gold enamelled posy ring, inscribed 'Let Liking Last'
Found by Mr. Peter Halford
Recommendation: treasure - NMGW interested in acquiring
Curator: Mark Redknap

3. Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan (Treasure Case 04.04)
Fragment of late sixteenth- early seventeenth century silver gilt fede (fidelity) ring, with clasped hands around a heart

Found by Mr. Tony Taylor
Recommendation: treasure - NMGW interested in acquiring
Curator: Mark Redknap

4. Wick, Vale of Glamorgan (Treasure Case 04.07)
Hoard of five Late Bronze Age socketed axes
Found by Mr. Adrian Jones
Recommendation: treasure - NMGW interested in acquiring
Curator: Adam Gwilt

5. Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan (Treasure Case 04.08)
Romano-British silver finger ring
Found by Mr. Steve McGrory
Recommendation: treasure -NMGW interested in acquiring
Curator: Evan Chapman

6. Old Beaupre, Vale of Glamorgan (Treasure Case 04.13)
Late sixteenth or early seventeenth century enamelled gold finger ring, inscribed with text 'Where this I give, I wish to live'

Found by Mr. Chris Chandler
Recommendation: treasure - NMGW interested in acquiring
Curator: Mark Redknap

7. Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan (Treasure Case 04.14)
Sxteenth century silver gilt dress-hook
Found by Mr Wayne Meredith
Recommendation: treasure - NMGW interested in acquiring
Curator: Mark Redknap

8. Llanmaes, Vale of Glamorgan (Treasure Case 04.15)
Romano-British worked gold strip
Found during an NMGW research excavation led by Adam Gwilt and Mark Lodwick
Recommendation: treasure - NMGW interested in acquiring
Curator: Adam Gwilt

DARGANFYDDIADAU ARCHAEOLEGOL O'R OES EFYDD HYD YR AIL GANRIF AR BYMTHEG YN DRYSOR

Heddiw, mae Crwner Ei Mawrhydi dros Gaerdydd a Bro Morgannwg wedi datgan casgliad o dlysau addurnol ac arteffactau eraill o'r Oes Efydd hyd yr ail ganrif ar bymtheg yn drysor. 

Mae'r darnau a ddarganfuwyd gan bobl leol yn chwilio am fetelau ym Mro Morgannwg yn cynnwys celc o fwyeill socedog o ddiwedd yr Oes Efydd, a modrwy aur enamlog ag arni'r geiriau ' Let Liking Last '. Câi modrwyon o'r fath eu rhoi'n anrhegion i bartneriaid, cyfeillion a pherthnasau fel arwydd o gariad.

Bydd Amgueddfeydd ac Orielau Cenedlaethol Cymru'n ceisio caffael y gelc ar gyfer y casgliad cenedlaethol yn sgil asesiad gan y Pwyllgor Prisio Trysorau.

Yn ôl y gyfraith, rhaid i bawb sy'n ffeindio gwrthrychau sydd dros 300 oed sy'n cynnwys aur ac arian neu grwpiau o ddau neu fwy o geiniogau o fetelau gwerthfawr, yn ogystal â deg neu fwy o geiniogau metel cyffredin a ddarganfuwyd gyda'i gilydd, gofnodi'r ffaith o dan Ddeddf Trysor 1996. Mae casgliadau metel cyffredin cynhanesyddol a ffeindiwyd ar ôl 1 Ionawr 2003 yn Drysor erbyn hyn hefyd.

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â:
Gwenllïan Carr, Pennaeth y Wasg a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
Amgueddfeydd ac Orielau Cenedlaethol Cymru

Ffôn: 07974 205 849

E-bost: gwenllian.carr@aocc.ac.uk

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Pas is the government's flagship archaeology project

Published: Wednesday 23rd March 2005 Author:

Yesterday in Parliament Estelle Morris (the Minister for the Arts) said that 'the Government is fully committed to increasing public interest and participation in all aspects of the historic environment, including archaeology' and gave as an example its decision to fund the Portable Antiquities Scheme. In the same debate Hugh Bayley MP (City of York, Labour) welcomed 'the Government's new funding for the Portable Antiquities Scheme' as did Don Foster MP (Bath, Liberal Democrat) who said that 'the Portable Antiquities Scheme...is crucial for the 95 per cent of finds that are not covered by the Treasure Act 1996'. For the full debate click here >>

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PAS offers a win win situation – there are no losers says Estelle Morris

Published: Wednesday 16th March 2005 Author:

Yesterday, at a conference to celebrate the work of the PAS and look to its future, Estelle Morris (Minister for the Arts) praised the work of the Scheme, saying it provides a 'win win situation' for all and that 'there are no losers'!

She went on to say now that future funding for PAS has been secured (until April 2008) 'we can feel confident that if the Scheme goes on the way it has so far there is absolutely no reason why it should not continue well beyond that'.

 Mrs Morris particularly welcomed the educational potential of PAS. She said that archaeological finds offer a tangible link with the past - 'objects teach far more than words in books'. 'There is something exciting about finding Treasure which take me back to my childhood - not just value, but who put it there and why did they put it there'. She went on to say, 'the reason that PAS get so much publicity is that there is something deep inside all of us that gets exited about the past'. 

Following this Mrs Morris launched the online Anglo-Saxon village of West Mucking (http://www.finds.org.uk/village/), which is an eLearning resource aimed at 7 to 11 year olds. The village is a virtual environment that learners can explore and learn about the Early Medieval period. It shows aspects of everyday life in the sixth century AD, from the houses that people lived in to the day to day activities that they carried out. Learners also have the chance to explore the site as it is in the modern day too - hidden beneath ploughed land. By carrying out their own virtual fieldwork they can gather clues about the past and the people that once lived there.


Conference Digest - Looking to the Future

Setting the Scene

Andrew Burnett (Deputy Director of the British Museum) welcomed delegates to the British Museum and spoke about the support the British Museum has given PAS.

Chris Batt (Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council) talked about MLAs role running PAS and welcomed DCMS funding for its future. He also introduced the Arts Minister.

 

Estelle Morris (Minister for the Arts, DCMS) talked about the success of PAS and its educational potential. She launched the online Anglo-Saxon village of West Mucking (see www.finds.org.uk/village )

Gill Chitty (Hawkshead Consultancy) talked about a recent review of the PAS and made some recommendations for talking the PAS forward.

Philip Wise (Curator of Archaeology, Colchester Castle Museum) talked about managing the PAS locally from the perspective of the Society of Museum Archaeologists.

Advancing Archaeological Knowledge 

Paul Cuming (SMR Manager, Kent County Council) talked about the benefits of PAS data for enhancing the SMR.

Andrew Richardson (Kent Finds Liaison Officer) talked about involving the public in archaeological excavation and gave examples from Kent.

Andrew David (Head of Archaeological Science, English Heritage) talked about the benefits of survey work and excavation to understand detector finds.


Education and Learning

Ceinwen Paynton (PAS Education Officer) talked about the educational potential of the Scheme and plans for its future educational work.

Anna Marshall (South & West Yorkshire Finds Liaison Officer) talked about learning through the PAS, giving examples of the educational work of FLOs.

Rod Couper (Mental Health Social Worker) talked about using PAS and archaeology (particularly field-walking) to benefit the mentally ill.


Looking to the Future

Jim Spriggs (Conservator, York Archaeological Trust) talked about YATs work providing conservation advice for PAS and developing resources and talks for finders.

David Barwell (Chairman, National Council for Metal Detecting) talked about empowering finders and working with PAS to encourage liaison and dialogue between archaeologists and finders.

Roger Bland (Head of Portable Antiquities) talked about talking PAS forward and plans to improve the efficiency and management of PAS.

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Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference: Looking to the Future

Published: Thursday 23rd December 2004 Author:

Monday 14 March 2005 - 10.00 until 16.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, London

A day conference to assess the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme to date and look to its future beyond March 2006. Time will be set aside for open discussion.

The conference is FREE but bookings are essential.

If you would like further details or wish to book a place please telephone Claire Costin on 0207 323 8618 or email ccostin@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

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