Victorian optician’s token

This Victorian token was issued by J Gargory of 41 Bull Street, Birmingham. The front face of the token details the address, and the obverse depicts a pair of oval-rimmed spectacles with the text ‘Distinct Vision’ in capitals. Two of these 19th century optician’s tokens have been reported to The Portable Antiquities Scheme. One was discovered …more

Finds Day Survey – Results

Thank you to everyone who has responded to our Finds Day survey. We had 45 answers which has given us plenty to think about. There were several reasons for doing this survey. The first one being that Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is closed for a significant length of time, so one of our main …more

Birmingham: Home of Heavy Metal

The latest exhibition to open at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating the work and showcasing memorabilia about the Heavy Metal band Black Sabbath. The exhibition opens on June 26th and closes on 29th September 2019. If you want to visit it, then here’s the link to get tickets. The band was formed in …more

Congratulations 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 hard work and commitment she …more

You never know what you might find doing a spot of gardening, but what should you do if you find an object on your own land?

The large majority of finds recorded by The Portable Antiquities Scheme are discovered by metal detectorists, however we also see artefacts found by members of the public and gardeners. You may recall the object voted number one in the series entitled Britain’s Secret Treasures was a Lower Paleolithic flint handaxe made more than half a million …more

The Coundon pendant

The Coundon pendant has been dated to circa AD 1450 – 1550. The pendant is named after a small hamlet which was part of the ancient parish of Holy Trinity, Coventry. Records tell us the church had land in Coundon from at least the early 14th century. The Domesday book of AD 1086 records that Coventry …more