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. PASt Explorers volunteer Jasmine ready to go at the University of …more

PASt Explorers Conference 2019

A selection of finds recorded by PASt Explorers volunteers. 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 …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. A selection of harness pendants recorded on the PAS Database. From left to right: GLO-D4734B, WREX-6511C4, WILT-C890F3, WMID-28A0B3, KENT-B2C417 and YORYM-2DD34E. (Image: Portable Antiquities Scheme, …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

PASt Explorers Conference Round-Up: Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of our round-up of the PASt Explorers Conference, which took place on the 18th November 2017. Suitably refreshed after lunch and a wander round the fabulous galleries at National Museum Cardiff, we jumped straight back into the stories. This time, the story of how lead cloth seals led Stuart Elton (PAS …more

PASt Explorers Conference Round-up: Part One

On Saturday 18th November we were welcomed to the National Museum Cardiff for our annual PASt Explorers conference. Battling rail replacement services, inclement weather and hordes of rugby fans, attendees arrived at the museum ready for a day of engaging and thought-provoking talks. This year the theme was ‘Telling Tales’ and we explored the multitude …more