Boredom Busters 2.0

Many of us will once again find ourselves at home for the next four weeks. If you’ve got little ones to entertain, or you fancy getting creative yourself, we have collated all of our craft activities into one post! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with our activities and resources. …more


As Halloween approaches, we once again delve into the database for all things spooky. But where did this link with ghosts and ghouls come from? The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745, but the practice of observing All Hallow’s Eve dates back much farther, to early Christianity and beyond. In Christianity, major feasts had …more

Agents of Shield – The Return Of Half-term Heraldry

We were recently invited to repeat our heraldry-themed PAS activity at the University of Nottingham Museum of Archaeology. So, during the May half-term we packed up our craft supplies and headed to beautiful surroundings of the Lakeside Arts Centre for some heraldic half-term fun. Armed with brightly coloured paper (in the seven heraldic colours), glue …more

PASt Explorers Conference 2019

This year is the final year of the PASt Explorers project. Generously supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the PASt Explorers project has, for the last 5 years, championed finds recording in the local community. By providing opportunity, training and support, we have involved hundreds of volunteers in communities across England and Wales in …more

Half Term Heraldry

This half term, we took some inspiration from the many heraldic harness pendants recorded on the database and invited the children of Dorset to make their own coat of arms. People have always found various ways of identifying and distinguishing themselves from others. They often use symbols and other devices to represent themselves. In the …more

PASt Explorers Conference 2018 – The Bigger Picture

Since the Portable Antiquities Scheme began, over 1.3 million objects have been recorded on the Database. But what happens to the information once an object has been recorded? What does it all mean? There are currently over 600 registered research projects using PAS data, from largescale AHRC-funded efforts to A-level projects, desk-based assessments, magazine articles …more