Tell us about yourself.
I have been volunteering with the PAS in Derby since November 2015. My background is in adult education; my specialist area is Astronomy.
What does your role involve?
I assist the FLO identifying and recording items brought in by members of the public.
What area of history/archaeology are you most interested in?
I have long been interested in the Roman period, but since volunteering with the PAS I have become interested in a wider range of periods, especially Anglo-Saxon.
Why did you start volunteering for the PAS?
I am recovering from a stroke, and was looking for a positive use of my time. As I have always had an interest in history, working with the PAS sounded very attractive. I support the aims and goals of the PAS, I feel the recording of found objects is an important part of preserving our heritage, and I can appreciate the value of the database as a resource for future research.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering for the PAS?
I enjoy the chance to see and handle ancient objects, and the challenge of identifying artefacts. The variety of objects that come in is amazing. I find the training provided excellent; I have learned so much.
What is the most exciting find from Derbyshire you have recorded so far?
DENO-648944 is a Polden-Hill type Roman brooch.
I find personal items like brooches very evocative.
What is your favorite find from Derbyshire that has been recorded on the PAS database and why?
DENO-D9B7E3 is an Iron Age coin of the Corieltavi tribe.
Before working on the PAS I had an image of Iron Age Britons as rather primitive, huddled in their woad waiting for the Romans to civilize them! But objects like this, beautifully crafted, demonstrate a sophisticated culture.