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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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Museum 'Renaissance' to be extended

Published: Tuesday 14th December 2004 Author:

Regional and local museums received a boost today with the announcement of £17 million new funding for the Renaissance scheme, led by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

The announcement by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will allow MLA to extend the scheme further across the country, bringing more regions in line with the North East, South West and West Midlands which are already receiving full Renaissance funding. But there is not yet enough funding to be able to implement the scheme nation-wide.

Museums currently in the scheme have achieved astonishing results in record time. In the first year alone, visits by school children rose by 28%, half of which were from schools in deprived areas where child poverty is high. Museums in those regions have doubled their work with community groups, exhibitions and displays have improved, visitor numbers have soared, and some £7 million is being spent on improving collections.

MLA Chair Mark Wood said: "New funding is always welcome news. But we are very disappointed that regional museums are still not receiving the support they need and that there is not enough in this settlement to roll out Renaissance nation-wide. We have already shown the enormous difference that this money can make in the pilot regions, where the teams have achieved amazing results in record time. This settlement will allow us to extend this success further, but it means that the inequality in museum services for people living in different regions will continue."

Mark Taylor, Director of the Museums Association said: "Any additional funding is obviously good news, but many people who care about museums will feel let down by this announcement. The Chancellor had stated very clearly that Renaissance in the Regions would be rolled out nation-wide. So we are obviously disappointed that the government has not found the money to fund the programme fully. The government has recognised that many major regional museums stand in need of additional investment, so why the half measures' When the government invests in museums, they deliver impressive results. So this settlement represents a real wasted opportunity."

As well as enabling the Renaissance scheme to be extended, today's funding announcement guarantees the future of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk), the nation's largest community archaeology programme, which helps the public to record and find out about the hundreds of hidden treasures they unearth every year.

Mark Wood added: "We are pleased to have secured the future of the Portable Antiquities Scheme which has been an enormous success and has helped put countless priceless objects into the country's museums. The scheme enjoys huge popular support and provides a vital link between amateur archaeologists and metal detecting enthusiasts and the museums community."

Today's funding of £17 million comes on top of £70 million already allocated to Renaissance in 2002. It means that by 2008 the annual budget for the programme will be £45 million - still £15 million short of the total required.

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Notes to Editors:

Press enquiries:

Jo O'Driscoll, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, 020 7273 1450, 07802 181249

MLA

MLA is the national development agency for museums, libraries and archives, advising the government on policy and priorities for the sector. MLA's roles are to provide strategic leadership, to act as a powerful advocate, to develop capacity and to promote innovation and change.

Renaissance

Renaissance is MLA's groundbreaking scheme to transform England's regional museums. For the first time ever, investment from central government is enabling regional museums across the country to raise their standards and deliver real results in support of education, community development and economic regeneration.

For further information see http://www.mla.gov.uk/action/regional/00renaiss.asp, or request a briefing sheet from the MLA press office.

Funding requested

(£million)

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Renaissance

 

Current funding

10

20

30

30

30

Additional requested

DCMS                             

   

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15

30

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30

45

60

Funding received, December 2005

(£million)

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Current funding

10

20

30

30

30

Additional received

DCMS                 & nbsp;           

   

0

2

15

Total

   

30

32

45

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Finds Roadshows – A Success!

Published: Friday 3rd December 2004 Author:

On Saturday 27 November 2004 the Portable Antiquities Scheme ran finds identification and recording roadshows in Colchester, Donington, Exeter, Reading, Shropshire, Wrexham and York. In many cases other events were organised to coincide with the Roadshows, often attracting more people to come along.

In total these events were attended by more than 1100 people - adults and children alike. In some cases they queued for more than an hour to ensure their discoveries were properly identified and recorded! On the day almost 900 finds were seen by the Finds Liaison Officers, of which over 390 were recorded.


Colchester
Bill Wyman  - rock legend and metal-detectorist - opened the Finds Roadshow at Colchester Castle Museum. Bill is a great fan of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and regularly records his finds with the team in Suffolk.

Besides the Roadshow people had the opportunity to meet 'real' Romans of the Colchester Roman Society and learn about Roman crafts and pottery. There was even the opportunity to dress up as Roman soldier! Philip Wise (Curator of Archaeology) gave tours of the museum and its galleries, and experts were also on hand to provide information about Countryside Stewardship Schemes.

Many objects were seen by the Finds Liaison Officers including a Roman key, a fifteenth-century silver gilt pilgrims badge (now declared Treasure) and a Mesolithic tranchet axe, as well as several interesting Roman and Iron Age coins. 


Donington
At Donington le Heath Manor House in Leicestershire there was lots to do for the public who came along to the Finds Roadshow. Local experts were on hand to talk about their work and there were hands-on-activities, including 'dig boxes' and an archaeological excavation simulation. Finds displays were organised by local fieldwalkers Kate Don and Mick Morris and members of the Leicester Search Society and the Meton and Belvoir Search Society. Wendy Scott (Leicestershire & Rutland Finds Liaison Officer) was really pleased with the displays - 'the fieldwalkers and both metal-detecting clubs put on excellent and varied displays, which gave visitors a really good idea of the types of objects that turn up'.  
Finds Liaison officers kept busy
The Finds Liaison Officers are kept busy recording finds at the Donnington Roadshow

Although the Roadshow was quieter than anticipated - perhaps due to people going Christmas shopping - 143 people attended the event.

 Fitting with rock crystal
The copper-alloy fitting with rock crystal - one of the finds recorded at the Donnington Roadshow.


Exeter
Nicky Powell (Devon Finds Liaison Officer) declared the Finds Roadshow at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter 'a phenomenal success'! The South-West Finds Liaison Officers were overwhelmed by the response of local finders who attended the event and recorded their finds. 
 
Kurt Adams and Katie Hinds hard at work
Finds Liaison Officers recording finds at the Exeter Roadshow

Besides the Finds Roadshow local author and finds specialist Brian Read was on hand to talk about metal-detecting and his publications. There was also a display of metal-detecting finds found by local people. Children had the opportunity to handle real archaeological finds and dress up as Romans!

The Romans are here!
Dressing up as Romans

Reading
It was a slow day for the Finds Liaison Officers in Reading, although lots of visitors were attracted to other events in the museum which had been organised to coincide with the Finds Roadshow. These including spinning and weaving activities, pot making, face painting, coin striking and the opportunity to dress up in historical costume. Indeed, 399 people visited the museum!

Finder with cohort of FLOs
The finders were kept busy at the Museum of Reading!

This said several interesting finds were brought in for recording including a Medieval copper-alloy openwork knife handle with heraldic motif and a gold Iron Age stater.

Iron Age gold stater
The gold Iron Age coin recorded at the Reading Roadshow


Shrewsbury
The Finds Roadshow at Shrewsbury was a half day event organised to coincide with a conference about recent archaeological work in Shropshire, and provided an extra attraction for conference goers. A small display of local finds, including some metal-detected finds, was also organised.

Whilst there was a fee to go to the conference the Finds Day was FREE and the small team of Finds Liaison Officers were kept busy recording finds including some rather nice Bronze Age objects and beautiful a gold seventh-century pendent - consequently reported as potential Treasure.  

Gold pendant
The Anglo-Saxon gold pendant

Wrexham
Mark Lodwick (Finds Co-ordinator, Wales) and the staff of Wrexham County Borough Museum had an unbelievably busy day in North Wales. Over 500 finds were brought in for recording, including a Bronze Age socketed gouge and a Medieval finger ring. Mark was particularly pleased that the finder has not cleaned out the socket of the gouge, which might help provide vital clues about the object.

Axehead uncleaned 
The uncleaned socketed gouge recorded at the Wrexham Roadshow
 
As with the Finds Roadshows elsewhere other activities were organised to coincide with the event, including a finds display and hands-on archaeological activities for younger children, such as a mini dig!    
Display case Wrexham
A display cabinet of local metal-detected finds at the Wrexham Roadshow


York
The Finds Liaison Officers at the Finds Roadshow in York had a busy morning, but in the afternoon it was dead! York was busy with Christmas shoppers and it was felt that this may have put off people coming into the city for the Roadshow. The Roadshow was also being filmed as part of a documentary about a significant find reported to Simon Holmes (North and East Yorkshire Finds Liaison Officer) and this might have put off the camera shy. Do such people exist'

FLOs at work
The Finds Liaison Officers recording finds at the York Finds Roadshow

Amongst the finds reported included two items of potential Treasure, several Roman and Medieval coins, a Roman trumpet brooch and a rather nice Medieval buckle and plate (now in three parts). People visiting the Finds Roadshow were also able to enjoy demonstrations of Roman armour and handle archaeological objects from the Museum's reserve collection.  

Medieval buckle and plate
The Medieval buckle and plate

All in all the Roadshows were great success. Lots of people offered finds in for identification and recording and no doubt many would have not done so had the Roadshows not been organised. It was also a good opportunity for the Finds Liaison Officers to get together, share their experience, learn more and meet new people.
 

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The tales that Treasure can tell....

Published: Friday 26th November 2004 Author:

Museum experts will be on hand to identify whether you have uncovered hidden treasure at the Portable Antiquities Finds Roadshow, Saturday 27th November, 11am 3pm, Wrexham County Borough Museum.

Mark Lodwick, Finds Co-ordinator Wales based at the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff and Karina Kucharski, County Archaeologist will be available to identify and reveal the history behind objects found.  There will also be hands-on archaeological activities for younger children, including a mini dig.

"Archaeology is all around us."

said Mark Lodwick, Finds Co-ordinator Wales.

Many thousands of interesting objects are found every year, many by people out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries are a significant source of information that helps us make sense of our past.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk) is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public.  The Scheme was established to promote the recording of chance finds and broaden awareness of the importance of such objects for understanding our past.

The Portable Antiquities Roadshow is free entry.

Entry to the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

For further information please contact:

Julie Richards, Press Officer, National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff

direct line: 029 2057 3185 email: Julie.richards@nmgw.ac.uk

STRAEON TRYSOR...

 

Sioe Pen Ffordd Henebion Cludadwy

Bydd arbenigwyr amgueddfaol wrth law i helpu i ddweud a ydych chi wedi datguddio trysor cudd ai peidio yn Sioe Pen Ffordd yr Henebion Cluadadwy, ddydd Sadwrn 27 Tachwedd, 11am – 3pm yn Amgueddfa Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam. Mynediad am ddim.

Bydd Mark Lodwick, Cydlynydd Canfyddiadau Cymru, sy’n gweithio yn yr Amgueddfa ac Oriel Genedlaethol, Caerdydd, a Karina Kucharski, Archaeolegydd y Sir, ar gael i enwi’r darnau a ffeindiwyd a datgelu’r hanes y tu ôl iddyn nhw. Bydd yna weithgareddau archaeoleg ymarferol ar gyfer plant iau hefyd, gan gynnwys cloddfa fach.

“Mae archaeoleg ym mhob man. Mae pob yn ffeindio miloedd o bethau diddorol bob blwyddyn, pobl sydd allan yn cerdded, yn garddio neu’n mynd o gwmpas eu gwaith pob dydd yw’r rhan fwyaf ohonyn nhw. Mae darganfyddiadau fel hyn yn rhoi gwybodaeth bwysig i ni i’n helpu ni wneud synnwyr o’n gorffennol,” meddai Mark Lodwick, Cydlynydd Canfyddiadau Cymru.

Cynllun cofnodi gwirfoddol ar gyfer darnau archaeolegol sy’n cael eu ffeindio gan y cyhoedd yw’r Cynllun Henebion Cluadadwy (www.finds.org.uk).  Cafodd y Cynllun ei sefydlu i annog pobl i gofnodi darganfyddiadau ar hap ac ehangu ar ein gwybodaeth am bwysigrwydd y darnau hyn wrth ddeall ein gorffennol.

Mae mynediad i’r Amgueddfa ac Oriel Genedlaethol, Caerdydd, am ddim diolch i gefnogaeth Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru.
Am ragor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â:

Julie Richards, Swyddog y Wasg, yr Amgueddfa ac Oriel Genedlaethol
Llinell uniongyrchol: 029 2057 3185 e-bost: Julie.richards@aocc.ac.uk

Jonathan Gammond, Amgueddfa Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam
Llinell uniongyrchol:01978 317978
e-bost: jonathan.gammond@wrexham.gov.uk

 

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