PASt Explorers Conference 2018 – The Bigger Picture

Image of archaeological finds inside a picture frame to illustrate the bigger picture theme.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 and more.

The PASt Explorers conference 2018 will explore some of the many ways in which the PAS data is being used. From broad narratives to local research projects, it will celebrate how the work of our volunteers and self-recorders is helping to shape our understanding of the past.


The conference is at The Key Theatre in Peterborough on the 13th September 2018.

The conference is free to attend but booking is essential. Please book through our Eventbrite page: or call 0207 323 8293 to book a place. Lunch is provided and PAS volunteers can claim back their travel, subject to the PASt Explorers Expenses Policy (please contact us for further information).

Conference programme:

  • 10:30  Registration
  • 10:55  Welcome
  • 11:00  The Importance of Research, Andrew Rogerson (Norfolk Museums Service)
  • 11:30  Iron Age Hoards on the PAS Database, Rachel Wilkinson (British Museum)
  • 12:00  Bridge over troubled water? Interpreting the Romano-British finds from the River Tees at Piercebridge, Philippa Walton (University of Reading)
  • 12:30  Lunch and workshops
  • 14:00  Disc-on-pin buckles: using the PAS database for personal research, Tom Redmayne (PAS)
  • 14:30  PAS finds in the north-east, Des Murphy (PAS)
  • 15:00  Break
  • 15:30  Small finds, bigger picture: recovering lost meaning in late medieval England, Malcolm Jones (PAS)
  • 16:00  End

As well as talks, this year we have a series of mini-workshops taking place over an extended lunch-break. These include searching the database for research, improving your object descriptions, and looking after your finds.

So why not join us in September and take a look at The Bigger Picture.

PASt Explorers is a five-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.