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CBA Day School

Published: Thursday 20th October 2005 Author:

CBA Day School, November 2005.

Title: Discovery and Display, Research and Reconstruction: Understanding and Presenting the Past.

Date: Saturday, November 12th, 2005.

Venue: The Ironbridge Institute, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire.

Description: The somewhat eclectic mix of themes that make up this day school reflect some of the wide ranging interests of Mike Stokes, in honour of whom this day has been arranged. There is something for everybody! The papers will range from Romanesque sculpture (or not?) in Herefordshire to medieval ceramics in Warwickshire, and from Roman Shropshire to an Iron Age Hill Fort and Experimental Archaeology in Pembrokeshire.

Fees: £6.00 per person (Please note that Lunch is not included as part of the fee).


Chairman: Dr Michael Hodder, CBA West Midlands

10.00 Welcome and Introduction.
Dr Michael Hodder and Mary White (Shrewsbury Museums)

10.15 - 11.15 An enigma in stone: the Upton Bishop sculpture.
Dr John Hunt, CBA West Midlands and University of Birmingham.

11.15 - 11.45 Coffee

11.45 - 12.45 Medieval patterned floor tiles in Warwickshire since 1936: what do we know and where do we go from here?
Iain Soden, Senior Project Officer for Northamptonshire Archaeology, and formerly Coventry Planning Archaeologist.

12.45 - 1.00 Discussion.

1.00 - 2.15 Lunch (NB: Attendees should bring a packed lunch or find lunch locally).

2.15 - 3.15 Rebuilding the Iron Age: Excavation and Experiment at Castell Henllys.
Dr Harold Mytum, University of York

3.15 - 3.45 Tea

3.45 - 4.45 Investigating and Interpreting Wroxeter, 1950-2000.
Dr Roger White, University of Birmingham.

4.45 - 5.00 Discussion.

5.00 Close.

Enrolment Instructions:

To enrol for the Day School, please complete the enrolment form on this page;
Indicate the number of places that you wish to book and enclose the appropriate fee.

Please ensure that you include your full postal address and a telephone number where indicated.

Please return enrolment forms to:

Mr John Haslam
32 Turner Road

Tel 02476 672589

Cheques should be made payable to 'CBA West Midlands'.

Closing date for applications: Thursday, November 3rd, 2005.


CBA Day School Enrolment Form

‘Discovery and Display, Research and Reconstruction:
Understanding and Presenting the Past,’ Saturday 12th November 2005.

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I enclose a fee of £ _______

Cheques should be made payable to ‘CBA West Midlands’.

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This event is supported by the Council for British Archaeology, West Midlands Regional Group; the Ironbridge Institute and the Institute of Antiquity and Archaeology, University of Birmingham; and the Shropshire Archaeological Society.

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No more digging around to find historical teaching resources!

Published: Friday 7th October 2005 Author:

Culture Minister David Lammy tries out the new web site with some help form Alistair (on left) from St George The Martyre School and his friend.

London, 7 October 2005 -- Key stage two teachers no longer need to spend hours trying to find resources for historical lesson plans with the launch of a new website by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), which is run by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). PAStexplorers - - provides free stand-alone lesson plans which tie into the national curriculum for history, geography, ICT, citizenship and literacy.

Teacher trainer, Andy Bowles, Senior Lecturer in Education at Leeds Metropolitan University said:

"This website developed by archaeologists, education specialists and children contains neat simulations, an easily searchable database and includes a timeline and lots of images. For teachers of British and other histories from foundation to KS4, this unique tool contextualises history. It would support work in all units in the National Curriculum and makes a wonderful investigation tool. It promotes and develops real enthusiasm and total independence in personalised learning."

The content has been written for teachers by teachers with the help of archaeologists, while children chose the graphics and appearance of the site. Children have their own 'fun' section and they can play a Buried Treasure game and explore a virtual Anglo-Saxon Village called West Mucking.

Mark Wood, chair of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, which manages PAS says:

"We developed the website with a dual purpose in mind - to be a fun and educational site for children and to be a vital resource for teachers. In order to achieve both of those goals we have developed the website based on the feedback of children and teachers. For example, the characters that you see on the site were specifically chosen by children and teachers piloted the lesson plans on their classes."

A summary of the features included in the new website are:

  1. A virtual Anglo-Saxon village (West Mucking), which children can explore to learn more about life in the mid-sixth century.
  2. Lesson plans and support materials tying into the interactive Anglo Saxon village to teach the 'Settlers and Invaders' section of the National Curriculum as well as linking into other subject areas.
  3. A virtual archaeological survey, where children get to do their own field walking and metal detecting.
  4. Pack Your Bag, an exercise in decision-making skills based around virtual fieldwork planning, where children choose and pack their own fieldwork equipment.
  5. A 'Fun Zone', where children can get extra information about finds, archaeology, time periods and how to get involved in archaeology.
  6. An archaeological database of finds recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme which lets children (and adults) discover what has been found where they live.
  7. Period guides covering the prehistoric period, the Iron Age, the Romans, Medieval and post-Medieval period.
  8. A guide to archaeology and treasure.

Culture Minister David Lammy says:

"PAStexplorers is a fun and colourful website, teaching children all about unearthing the secrets of the past and exploring history in a fun way. Teachers are provided with all the resources they need to teach children about archaeology while tying in with the National Curriculum. It should encourage some exciting school projects and teachers can help children to go out and learn about the history of the area where they live and go to school."

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Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Emma Poole/ Gemma Crisp on 020 7273 1459, email and


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.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is the largest community archaeology project this country has ever seen. It was established in 1997 to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by the public and to broaden public awareness of the importance of such finds for understanding our past.

PAS is managed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. It was previously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, but the current grant runs out in March 2006. This new funding of £1.25 million a year was announced as part of the 2004 Spending Review at the end of last year.

PAS operates across the whole of England and Wales through a network of 36 finds liaison officers who also play a crucial role in the effective operation of the Treasure Act, encouraging finders to report their finds and guiding them through the Treasure process. The presence of a Finds Liaison Officer increases the reporting of Treasure by up to five times. The data recorded - itself an important educational resource - is published on the Scheme's website ( ) allowing public access to over 127,000 records and over 50,000 images of finds, as diverse as prehistoric flints to post-medieval buckles - and new finds are going online everyday.

PASt explorers -

PASt explorers is an exciting new and interactive children's website about archaeological finds. It has been developed by archaeologists with input from children and teachers at every stage of its development.

PASt explorers aims to be a teaching and learning resource, both for formal and informal learning, and links in with the national curriculum for subjects such as citizenship, geography, history, ICT and literacy.


Emma Poole
Media and Events Manager

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

T: 020 7273 1459



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Exhibition opens at Marlipins Museum, Shoreham

Published: Sunday 21st August 2005 Author:

The exhibition was launched with an excellent speech from Tim Loughton MP, who is an archaeologist in his own right and a powerful advocate for the Scheme in Parliament. He complimented Liz on the great results in Sussex since her appointment two years ago as Finds Liaison Officer for the whole of Sussex. She has established excellent working relationships with the metal detectorists in the county.


The theme is medieval objects, some of which come from sites in Shoreham and others from further afield such as Steyning and Henfield. The Curators of both those museums attended the Private View, along with Cllr. Brian Coomber of Adur DC and representatives of the West Sussex Library Service, the Record Office, detectorists, amateur archaeologists, Sussex Archaeological Society representatives and many many more.

The exhibition will be on view at Marlipins until 3rd September and provides a rare opportunity for people to see these objects from private collections which help us to build up a picture of our p

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Rare Roman souvenir is acquired in unique agreement by three British museums.

Published: Tuesday 16th August 2005 Author:

The pan, although lacking its handle, is an extremely well preserved enamelled and inscribed bronze trulla dating to the Roman period. It was made both as a functional vessel and as a 'souvenir' of Hadrian's Wall, and is a find of great national and international significance. Uncovered by a metal detectorist in Staffordshire in June 2003, it was promptly reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme who drew the attention of relevant museums to the find.

Staffordshire Moorlands Pan
The Staffordshire Moorlands Pan, adapted from photos by S.Laidlaw, IOA.

The shared acquisition of the pan will mean that people across the country will be able to admire and enjoy this remarkable object. It will enable the pan to be seen in the context of the original find site, of Hadrian's Wall and as part of the foremost collection of Romano-British material in the UK. The pan will be displayed initially in the British Museum, it will then travel to the Potteries Museum for display during 2006 and to Carlisle for 2007. Replicas of the pan are being made as part of the acquisition grant to ensure that when the original is at one venue, a representation of the pan can still be displayed at the other venues.

The Inscription in black and white
The inscription rendered in black and white.

Kate Clark, Heritage Lottery Fund Deputy Director, Policy and Research, said:
"This two thousand-year-old souvenir of Hadrian's Wall is a very special part of our past and one which people across the country should have the chance to see. This unique sharing scheme is exactly the sort of innovative joint working that the Heritage Lottery Fund wants to encourage UK museums to undertake".

Hilary Wade, Director of the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, commented:
"This is a wonderful 'icon' to focus on the rich Roman heritage of Carlisle and the western end of Hadrian's Wall. Tullie House looks forward very much to displaying it in 2007 and to working with our new partners".

Ian Lawley, Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Head of Museums said 'The joint acquisition of the Staffordshire Moorlands Pan by the three museums is truly trail-blazing. It marks a new era in co-operation between National and regional museums and will enable this enormously significant national treasure to be seen and enjoyed by a large number of people at all three venues. We hope that this will be the first of many such partnerships'.

Ralph Jackson, Curator of Romano-British collections at the British Museum in London added:
"This little gem of British craftsmanship, a unique find of the greatest importance, shows us that Hadrian's Wall was as famous in the Roman world as it is today. Visually striking and replete with fascinating information, it is a most notable acquisition for the nation".

The Staffordshire Moorlands Pan dating to the mid 2nd century AD the pan is intricately decorated with a band of Celtic-style roundels. Spectacularly colourful, the roundels are inlaid with red, blue, turquoise and yellow enamel. The pan at its widest diameter is 94mm and it weighs 132.5g. Immediately above the band of roundels is an engraved inscription which lists four forts on Hadrian's Wall:

  1. MAIS (Bowness-on-Solway)
  2. COGGABATA (Drumburgh)
  3. VXELODVNVM (Stanwix)
  4. CAMMOGLANNA (Castlesteads)

The mention of Drumburgh is interesting as this is the first time the name of this fort has been found on a Wall souvenir. The other part of the inscription is the most significant and reads RIGORE VALI AELI DRACONIS. The first ten letters appear to be a direct reference to Hadrian's Wall. The remaining letters may be interpreted as the personal name Aelius Draco (or Dracon) which may be that of the person it was made for, perhaps an officer whose command related to the Wall. Draco is a Greek name, suggesting an origin in the eastern Roman Empire. 'Aelius' is Hadrian's family name and would have been traditionally adopted by anyone obtaining Roman citizenship under his rule. This is the first time that a personal name has been found within the inscription on such a vessel. Further research on the inscription is being undertaken and may reveal yet more information about the find and about life in and around the Wall itself, the most potent symbol of the Roman province of Britannia.

The Scheme's record of this object can be found under PAS ID:
WMID-3FE965 and the link to the BM's compass record will be added in due course.
A high resolution image can be viewed at the

For further information or images of the pan please contact Hannah Boulton at the British Museum on 020 7323 8522 or or Tony Adams at or Cheryl Eastburn at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery on 01228 534781 or

Notes to Editors
• The pan will be on display at the British Museum from 17 August 2005 until the end of December. It will go on display in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery for the whole of 2006 and the Tullie House Museum and Gallery for 2007.
• The Heritage Lottery Fund enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy. They have supported more than 16,000 projects, allocating £3.3billion, of which £1billion has been awarded to museums and galleries, across the UK.
Website: For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on 020 7591 6036.
• The tripartite acquisition is in keeping with the aims of the British Museum's Partnership UK, the largest and most wide-ranging of any such scheme between a national institution and other museums around the country. Its principal purpose is to share collections and expertise with audiences across the UK. Over the past two years it has included tours of objects such as the Queen of the Night and the Throne of Weapons, and exhibitions such as Buried Treasure and Across the Board.

Related web pages:

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Artefacts stolen in Museum raid - Northampton

Published: Wednesday 1st June 2005 Author:

The following images and numbers below relate to the objects stolen from the Abington Museum. If you have any information about the whereabouts of these objects, please contact Will Brown, Information and Resources Manager at Northampton Museum.
T: 01604 837279

Object Image

X.685 Blue glazed ushabti

Height 16.5cms
Width 5.31cms

Blue glazed Ushabti

X.683 Blue glazed ushabti with tools

Height 16.8cms Width 4.2cms
Ushabti with tools
X.678 Tomb model (one of the arms wasn't stolen) Height 16.7cms Width 4.4cms
Model worker
X.675 Cosmetic pot Height 6.4cms Width 4.5cms
X.717 Bronze votive figure Height 10.3cms Width 1.8cms
Broonze votive figure

X.712 Cream stoneware ushabti
Height 23.2cms Width 8.4cms


X.725 Wooden 'Ba' statue

Height 14.1cms Width 5.1cms Depth 8.9cms

Ba statue

X.724 Carved wooden head

Height 15.1cms Width 4.8cms

X.748 & X.749 Mummy beads
Mummy beads
Mummy beads

X.779 Scarab seal in ivory

Height 1.5cms Width 1.1cms

Scarab seal

X.776 Scarab seal in grey stone

Height 1.5cms Width 1.1cms

Scarab seal

X.767.2 Pair of blue glazed wings X.767.1

Height 4.7cms Width 3.3cms Height 5.1 Width 3.6cms

Wing 1
Wing 2
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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

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'.


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.

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:

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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, 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, 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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 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 The 24 Hour Museum, , 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 and .

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 (or Ylva French, Campaign for Museums 020 7233 6789, email

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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

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