PAS Website and Database Unavailable Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th November

The PAS website and database will be unavailable between Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th November while they are transferred to new servers. During this time you will still be able to visit the site and database, although viewing may be limited and you won’t be able to make any edits. Any edits or work done within this period will be lost. Within that window, the site will be inaccessible for a period between 1 and 24 hours while IS test that the site is working on its new server.

Fare thee well PASt Explorers!

Today marks the end of the PASt Explorers project, started in November 2014 to develop the Portable Antiquities Scheme volunteer base, providing training and support alongside other resources for our FLOs and volunteers. The project was generously funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and we are extremely grateful for their support.

Sadly, we bid a very fond farewell to our Outreach Officer, Lauren Speed and thank her enormously for the amazing contribution she has made to the PAS, especially in driving forward the PASt Explorers outreach programme, making it such a success.

Over the course of the project, 619 volunteers were part of PASt Explorers, recording a total of 104,170 new finds onto the PAS database. This figure of course does not take into account the great number of records improved, photographs added and numerous other achievements by our volunteers, but does demonstrate the enormously important integral role that volunteers have  in building up knowledge of the archaeology and history of their local areas.

A total of 190 training sessions were delivered through the project covering all aspects of recording finds on the PAS database, various commonly found objects and outreach were delivered in-person across the regions and online right up to the end of the project.

As part of the project 135 resources for volunteers, including finds recording guides, training kits, training videos, volunteer management and volunteer handbooks, an outreach kit, finds reference kits, schools resources and of course, the County Pages were produced. These resources were developed by the project team, FLOs, Finds Advisers, project partners and our volunteers.

The very hard work of the project team, FLOs, Finds Advisers, Heads of PAS & Treasure, Treasure Team, British Museum, project partners, and most especially the volunteers themselves have made the project a success. We would like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the project whose support, ideas, sheer hard work and enthusiasm have helped provide a lasting legacy of training and guidance resources, which we hope will facilitate and support volunteering with the PAS for many years to come.

County Pages Survey

We are carrying out a short survey to find out more about visitors to the PAS website’s County Pages – who they are, why they visit, and the experience they have. This should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Your information will be held securely and will only be used for research purposes by the British Museum and The Audience Agency, who are running this survey on our behalf.

Click here to participate. Closing date is 31st October 2019.

Many thanks for your input, it is greatly appreciated.

Last Few Tickets Left for PAS Conference 2018 Recording Britain’s Past 12 October 2018

The British Museum Great Court.

The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has recorded over 1.3 million finds – each one a unique discovery made by a member of the public. This conference celebrates 15 years of the Scheme, with a day or discussion and debate. These explore how the PAS is advancing knowledge, sharing information about the past, encouraging best practice and supporting museum acquisitions of Treasure and other finds.

Talks on ‘advancing knowledge’ (Dr Tom Brindle), ‘best practice’ (Faye Minter), ‘sharing knowledge’ (Dr Adam Daubney) and ‘supporting museums’ (Dr Andrew Woods), with panel discussions led by Prof Carenza Lewis, Dr Mike Heyworth, Dr Helen Geake and Gail Boyle.

Other panellists include Sir Barry Cunliffe, Dr Kevin Leahy, Dr Amanda Chadburn, Dr Neil Wilkin, Dr Sam Moorhead, Dr Tim Pestell and Dr Julia Farley.     


Friday 12 October, 11:00–17:00
BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, London
£12 (£10), advanced booking required


Book tickets now

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4695&title=Recording

+44 (0)20 7323 8181

PAS Conference 2018 Recording Britain’s Past

The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has recorded over 1.3 million finds – each one a unique discovery made by a member of the public. This conference celebrates 15 years of the Scheme, with a day or discussion and debate. These explore how the PAS is advancing knowledge, sharing information about the past, encouraging best practice and supporting museum acquisitions of Treasure and other finds.

Talks on ‘advancing knowledge’ (Dr Tom Brindle), ‘best practice’ (Faye Minter), ‘sharing knowledge’ (Dr Adam Daubney) and ‘supporting museums’ (Dr Andrew Woods), with panel discussions led by Prof Carenza Lewis, Dr Mike Heyworth, Dr Helen Geake and Gail Boyle.

Other panellists include Sir Barry Cunliffe, Dr Kevin Leahy, Dr Amanda Chadburn, Dr Neil Wilkin, Dr Sam Moorhead, Dr Tim Pestell and Dr Julia Farley.     


Friday 12 October, 11:00–17:00
BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, London
£12 (£10), advanced booking required


Book tickets now

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4695&title=Recording

+44 (0)20 7323 8181

Calling all PAS volunteers!

We still have some places for speakers at the 2017 PASt Explorers conference Telling Tales in Cardiff, so if any volunteers are interested, please get in touch with Claire (ccostin@britishmuseum.org) ASAP.

We would like our volunteers to tell the stories behind an object(s) recorded with the PAS. This can be something you have recorded yourself, something you are currently researching, or something your FLO has recorded that particularly inspires you.

Your tale can be told in various ways, such as talking about the object’s history, what it was used for, how it was used, how the object came to be where it is, or creatively through a tale or poem featuring the object, whatever you feel most comfortable doing.

We would like you to talk for up to 20 minutes and will be happy to help you develop any ideas and put your talk together should you need additional support.

Travel costs and lunch will be covered for all speakers.

Thank you.

 

PASt Explorers Conference 2017 Telling Tales

Group of children sitting together being told stories by an older man.

One database; thousands of stories.

Objects have the potential to excite and inspire us. They are a direct link to our past. Over 1.2 million objects have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. Within these objects are hundreds, possibly thousands, of stories from our past.

The PASt Explorers Project Conference 2017 will celebrate and share some of these stories, from tales of discovery to the ways in which PAS data is being used to unlock our shared history.

Stories will be told  through PAS volunteers.

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open! The conference this year is being hosted at National Museum Cardiff on Saturday 18th November and will feature object stories told through PAS volunteers.

Admission is free, but booking is essential. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Please visit http://bit.ly/2vj0iZU to book.

PASt Explorers Conference 2016: What Do People Do All Day: The Busy World of Volunteers

The PASt Explorers Conference 2016: What Do People Do All Day: The Busy World of Volunteers is now open for bookings.

This year’s conference celebrates the contribution of volunteers to the PAS through the project. Through PASt Explorers, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), more people are now volunteering with the PAS, undertaking finds-related work, and helping to share knowledge about archaeological finds.

This conference aims to illustrate the diverse nature of the volunteer experience within the PAS and provide the opportunity for volunteers to share these with others, providing inspiration and new perspectives on the contribution to archaeological knowledge and to the history of England and Wales.

The conference will take place on Thursday 29th September 2016, 10.00–16.30 at the Event Space and Lecture Theatre, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 4AQ

Admission is free but advance booking is required.

Programme will be available shortly.

To book go to: https://past-explorers-2016.eventbrite.co.uk or call 0207 323 8618.

 

PASt Explorers Volunteers Conference 2016. Save the Date and Call for Talks!

We are currently in the process of organising the forthcoming PASt Explorers Conference in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and would like to invite all PAS Volunteers (and FLOs) to get involved in the following:

What Do People Do All Day? The busy world of volunteers.

Thursday 29th September 2016, 10.00–16.30

Event Space and Lecture Theatre
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Free admission, advance booking required
Tea/coffee provided

The Portable Antiquities Scheme’s 2016 conference celebrates the contribution of volunteers to the PAS through PASt Explorers. Through the PASt Explorers Programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), more people are now volunteering with the PAS, undertaking finds-related work, and helping to share knowledge about archaeological finds.

This conference aims to illustrate the diverse nature of the volunteer experience within the PAS and provide the opportunity for volunteers to share these with others, providing inspiration and new perspectives on the contribution to the archaeological narrative.

We are looking for volunteers to speak at the forthcoming PASt Explorers conference in Liverpool in September.

Talks should be 20 minutes long and should cover the following:
• What you imagined it would be like to be a volunteer
• What you imagined you would be doing
• What you are working on, including any special projects
• What you like/dislike about the experience

We are aiming to cover as many different ways of volunteering as possible: in-house and remote volunteering, self-recording, finds recording, blog writing, photography, exhibition developing etc. To do this we would like to hear from lots of different types of volunteer – young, old, those bringing experience to share and those wanting to start out.

Please could you forward this invitation to all your volunteers and self-recorders. Reasonable travel expenses for volunteers and FLOs will be covered by the PASt Explorers project.

Please could any volunteers wishing to talk contact Claire Costin (ccostin@britishmuseum.org / 020 7323 8618) by 31st July 2016 with potential subjects. You just need an idea at this stage and we can provide help with shaping the talks.

Derbyshire County Pages Launched Today

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Derbyshire County Pages, our sixth County Pages site to go live. Derbyshire is home to Cresswell Crags, the famous Palaeolithic caves, and museums that display several impressive coin hoards. Learn more about visiting Derbyshire’s heritage sites or explore archaeological finds from Derbyshire reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Our Derbyshire Finds Liaison Officer, Alastair Willis, who started out as a volunteer himself, is supported by a great team of volunteers to photograph and record finds. Read more about volunteers Sophie, Simon and Roger in their blog posts. Watch this space for more blog posts about volunteering, finds, events and more from Derbyshire.

Anglo-Saxon Mystery Object
Early Medieval Mystery Object DENO-CC9F5F. Copyright: Portable Antiquities Scheme. License: CC-BY