Love is in the air at PAS

Today is Valentine’s Day and our Finds Liaison Officers have been busy highlighting love-themed objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. Be sure to check them out on Twitter! In the meantime, here are a few more objects that demonstrate the range of subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways people in the past have professed their love. …more

Gunpowder, treason and plot

It’s Bonfire Night tomorrow so we’ve uncovered 5 fabulous finds from the PAS database to help you remember, remember, the 5th November!   Silver Sixpence of James I (LEIC-0ED383) Dated 1605, the year of the Gunpowder Plot, this is a particularly fine example of a James I sixpence. It has the Royal Coat of Arms …more

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, …more

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 …more

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 …more

Nottinghamshire’s County Pages Go Live!

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Nottinghamshire County Pages. Meet the Nottinghamshire FLO, Alastair and his team of volunteers; explore finds from Nottinghamshire recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, find out about upcoming events, and discover ways to get involved in local archaeology. We hope you enjoy finding out more about Nottinghamshire’s finds and the fantastic …more

Launch of the Isle Of Wight County Pages

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Isle of Wight County Pages today, featuring blogs by Isle of Wight FLO, Frank Basford and his volunteer, Vicky, on some beautiful finds from the Isle and their experiences in recording finds. The Pages also feature upcoming events, ways to get involved in archaeology and …more

Festive Finds: PAS Christmas Countdown #12

The Nativity The story of the Nativity has been represented in many different formats throughout history.The Virgin Mary and child have been depicted in paintings, sculpture and even on more functional objects. It is a story that is known to all across the Christian world and many more beyond that. It’s no surprise that scenes from the …more

Festive Finds: PAS Christmas Countdown #7

Twelve Days of Christmas A popular song at this time of year is “The twelve days of Christmas”. The song was first recorded in English in AD1780 in a book entitled “mirth without mischief”, which was aimed at children as a sort of memory game.  The twelve days relate to the days after Christmas day, …more

Festive Finds: PAS Christmas Countdown #6

Christmas Trees A popular image associated with Christmas today is the Christmas tree. Believed to have derived from a pre-Christian practice of bringing evergreen boughs indoors during the winter season as a symbol of everlasting life, the tree has become a staple of most Western households at Christmas. Prince Albert has been credited with introducing …more