Portable Antiquities at the English Heritage Festival of History

Published: Tuesday 17th August 2004 Author:

In August, 2004 and Wendy Scott (Finds Liaison Officer for Leicestershire) and Kevin Leahy, (Finds Advisor) assisted by Dianne, his wife, attended the Festival at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire where they had a superb, but completely exhausting day. 

Visitors were able to look through trays of finds from the North Lincolnshire Museum’s reserve collection and Wendy took a computer presentation of finds she has recorded.  We also had displays showing the results of the Scheme on our knowledge of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. 

The day was a great success, our stand was constantly surrounded by a throng of interested people clamouring to see what they could find on the trays.  Children found Wendy’s Roman coins fascinating, the thrill of holding something made by the Romans!  We had 655 direct contacts plus many other people who just looked at what we had on show.  Some objects, including a mount from a late 19th century gig saddle, were identified for us by visitors.

This was not a day for recording finds but an occasion to show to the public some of the results of what we are doing.  It looks as if people liked what they saw and appreciate what the Scheme is achieving. 

 Kevin Leahy discussing finds.Kevin Leahy with young scholar
Above: Dr. Kevin Leahy (North Lincolnshire Museum) discussing portable antiquities with interested members of the public.

Contact: Michael Lewis +(44) 20 7323 8618

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