50 Finds from Staffordshire

The latest in Amberley Publishing’s 50 Finds series is due to be published on Sunday 15th April 2018. This volume focuses on some of the exciting finds that have been found in Staffordshire since 1997, when the Portable Antiquities Scheme started. 50 finds were selected from over 12,000 recorded, and are very much a personal …more

Local Medieval Treasure donated to Tamworth Castle

An amazing post-Medieval decorative dress hook, 2015T908 has been donated to Tamworth Castle by a local Dosthill metal detectorist, John Willetts and the landowner. History enthusiast Mr Willetts made an exceptional discovery of a silver-gilt dress hook in the Shenstone area, not far from Tamworth in early 2016. Excited by his find, he contacted Angie Bolton, …more

Digging the dirt on the Romans

As we celebrate 1.5 million finds on our database, I reflect upon one of the more exciting finds and retrievals of an object that I have been involved in during my four and a half years as a FLO. Near Barlaston in Staffordshire, Steve Smith, a metal detectorist living in the area discovered a small …more

Guest Post: Abigail Taylor, Potteries Museum

I believe that the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a hugely important archaeological resource and this is something that I wanted to demonstrate with my PhD research. I have recently completed my PhD for which my thesis was entitled ‘Unstructured Data and Archaeology: The Use of LargeDatasets in Archaeological Research’. When I started my research, at The University …more

Admiral George Anson – A Staffordshire Pirate

By Attributed to Thomas Hudson – http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/13991.html Royal Museums Greenwichhttp://www.rlcresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/georgeanson.jpg (dead link), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3937665 George Anson, son of William Anson and Isabella Carrier was born at Shugborough Manor, Staffordshire in 1697. Aged 15, he entered the Royal Navy during the War of the Spanish Succession.At the age of 19 in 1716, he was promoted …more

Congratulations to Aimee! BMT Student Volunteer of the Year

Every year, Birmingham Museums Trust chose one student volunteer out of all the many who volunteer for us, to be selected as our BMT Student Volunteer of the Year. This year, Victoria & I’s volunteer, Aimee Hinds won the award! Victoria nominated her for the award, to reflect the hardwork and commitment she has shown …more

Three amazing years volunteering with the PAS

Earlier this year I celebrated over 3 years of volunteering with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, during that time I have worked with some fantastic people and recorded some beautiful objects, over 1500 of them to be exact! I have decided to share with you a few of my favourite finds, this was a tough job …more

20, 000 records milestone

This week, the WMID office created our 20,000th record since the start of the PAS. The bulk of those records are coins and pot sherds but amongst all those records are some wonderful finds, some of which have contributed to a change in archaeological understanding of the area. Outstanding finds include: the Leekfrith torcs, the Staffordshire …more

Why do we borrow finds for recording?

Here in the West Midlands, when recording finds, we prefer to borrow them for 2-3 months. Other FLOs in different regions may have other preferences. While your finds are in our care, we do take great care of them, and are stored securely when we are not working on them. 2-3 months may initially seem …more

A chance find from a river in Staffordshire

Two months ago I was given the chance to record a truly striking object, a late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age Axehammer, dating from circa 2,500 BC – 1,800 BC. This was an exciting object to record as I had never seen one before, they are a relatively rare object as only 19 of them …more