Nottinghamshire Unearthed

A new exhibition of PAS finds from Nottinghamshire has just gone on display at the University of Nottingham Museum. The exhibition showcases a range of objects from across the county and demonstrates the public’s contribution to our understanding of Nottinghamshire’s past. The objects include Treasure items that have been acquired by local museums, as well as ancient coins, jewellery, weapons and tools that have been borrowed from finders.

Anglo-Saxon Sword mount in the shape of a boar's head (DENO-92C3BB).
Anglo-Saxon Sword mount in the shape of a boar’s head (DENO-92C3BB). Copyright: Bassetlaw Museum. Licence: CC BY.

Among the fascinating and exquisite objects on display is an Anglo-Saxon sword mount in the shape boar’s head (DENO-92C3BB), which is made from gold and garnets. There is also a recent metal detecting find of a hoard of ecclesiastical objects (DENO-2FE6CD), which includes fragments from an enamelled Limoges cross.

Enamelled mount from a Limoges cross dating to the 13th century (DENO-2FE6CD).
Enamelled mount from a Limoges cross dating to the 13th century (DENO-2FE6CD). Copyright: Derby Museums Trust. Licence: CC BY

The University of Nottingham Museum is an important partner for the PAS in the region. The Finds Liaison Officer holds a finds surgery at the Museum on the third Tuesday of each month. The FLO is also supported by a team of university students who meet twice a month at the Museum to record artefacts onto the PAS database. Many of the objects on display have been recorded by these volunteers.

Student volunteers at the University of Nottingham recording PAS finds.
Student volunteers at the University of Nottingham recording PAS finds.

The exhibition will be on display until 27th January 2019, at the University of Nottingham Museum, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm. Closed on Mondays.