News from the Scheme

West Berkshire Museum is 100 years old!

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West Berkshire Museum is 100 years old!

On 26th October 2004 West Berkshire Museum celebrates its 100th Birthday as Newbury's public Museum. To celebrate a day crammed with activity on is promised. Magic, Punch and Judy and music from Wantage Silver Band. Meet historical characters, from Edwardian gentry to Medieval sword fighters. Take part in the balloon race and see inside a fire engine. (The Fire Brigade were always present at public functions in the early 20th century!)

On this day only you can also see West Berkshire's most exciting recent find, a hoard of Bronze Age gold.

The programme for this exciting day is as follows...

10:30 - 10:45 Punch & Judy
11:45 - 12:15  Magic Show
1:15 - 1:30   Punch & Judy
1:30 - 3:00  Wantage Silver Band
2:00 - 3:15   Enter the Balloon Race*
2:30 - 3:00  Magic Show
3:30    Balloon Race Launch
3:45 - 4:00   Punch and Judy
4:00 - 4:30  Magic Show
5:00 - 7:00   Toast the Museum! Late Night Opening

* The Balloon Race Launch will take place at 3:30. The first 100 children to collect their entry cards from the Museum at 2:00 will enter their balloon in a race to win a mystery prize.

If you really can't make it along on Tuesday there will be lots of other fun Birthday activities throughout Half Term. The Museum is normally open 10:00 - 16:00 and is not open on Sunday.

For more information please call 01635 30511 or visit

Notes to editor:

The Museum still resides in the Grade I 17th century Cloth Hall and now also extends into the Granary building.

One hundred years after Jonathan Hutchinson, curator of Haslemere Educational Museum, officially opened the Museum to the public, the Museum continues to care for the area's historically significant objects, attracting visitors from all over the country and helping local people to understand and appreciate their cultural heritage.

Medieval Lives. The Isle of Wight during the Middle Ages

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The Newport Guildhall Museum of Island History is set to highlight the history of the Island’s Middle Ages. The exhibition titled “Medieval Lives. The Isle of Wight during the Middle Ages” will be open to the public from Monday 8th November 2004.

The exhibition will include a detailed look at daily life in the Middle Ages, displaying Archaeological objects, reproduction objects as well as charters, on loan from the County Record Office, dating to the Medieval period. The exhibition will also look at the work that is being done by the Isle of Wight Council Museum Service, the Isle of Wight Archaeological Centre and the Young Archaeologists Club.

Two Island Metal Detecting Clubs, the Isle of Wight Metal Detecting Club and the Vectis Searchers Metal Detecting Club, will be displaying a diverse range of their Medieval finds, and there will also be a display relating to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. This will detail the work that Frank Basford, Island Archaeologist and Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, is doing to record the Island’s archaeological finds. The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

As well as having plenty of objects on display, there will also be hands-on activities for children to participate in, such as ‘Design a Heraldic Shield’, ‘Try on a Medieval Hood’ and Medieval themed colouring in sheets.

The exhibition will remain open until Sunday 3rd April 2005.
Contact: Rachel Silverson   01983 823433

Additional Information
Museum of Island History
High Street
Isle of Wight

Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat  10.00-17.00
Sun  11.00-15.30

Adult £1.80, Children £1.00, Families £4.00, Senior Citizens £1.00

Museum Archaeology: Would You Vote For It?

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Society of Museum Archaeologists - Annual Conference
Museum Archaeology: Would You Vote For It'
Tempest Anderson Hall, The Yorkshire Museum, York on the 4th - 6th November 2004


1.00-2.00:  Arrival and registration
Welcome to the Conference - Janet Barnes, Chief Executive, York Museums Trust
Putting Collections Back at the Heart of York Museums - Mary Kershaw, York Museums Trust

Art and Archaeology of Lincolnshire - Thomas Cadbury, Lincoln City and County Museum
New Galleries at Doncaster Museums - Peter Robinson, Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Developing the Role of Collections in English Heritage - Martin Allfrey, Head of Collection Development, English Heritage
What's in Store' Liberating York's Archaeological Collections - Andrew Morrison, Curator for Access - Archaeology, York Museums Trust
Integrating SMR, Museum and Commercially Generated Data: the Yorkshire Experience  Steve Roskams, University of York

Welcome - Hedley Swain, Chair of the Society of Museum Archaeologists
Keynote Address - Peter Addyman
Buffet and wine reception in The Yorkshire Museum


'Me Too'' Archaeology and Social Inclusion - Alison Bodley, Co-ordinator of the Young Archaeologists Club
Touching Our Past - Social Inclusion through the Portable Antiquities Scheme - Ceinwen Paynton, Education Officer, Portable Antiquities Scheme
Pride of Place: Heritage and the New Cultural Agenda for Regeneration - Nigel Mills, Creswell Crags Heritage Trust
Archaeology and London's diversity: Hindu finds from the River Thames - Nikola Burden, Museum of London

11.10-12.00:  Current Research on Archaeological Human Remains in Scotland: National Museums' of Scotland Initiatives and Involvement
Alison Sheridan, National Museums of Scotland
The Treatment of Human Remains Disturbed from Christian Burial Grounds - Joseph Elders, Church of England
12.00:  Society of Museum Archaeologists' Annual General Meeting

Responsible Archaeology is valuable Archaeology: The Need for Museum Archaeology to Live up to its Responsibilities if it is to Thrive
Maurice Davies, The Museums Association
Campaigning for Archaeology: All Together Now' - Mike Heyworth, Director, Council for British Archaeology
To be confirmed - A speaker from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
To be confirmed - A speaker from English Heritage
The British Museum's role in championing World archaeology during Political Crises -
Speaker to be confirmed from The British Museum
5.45-7.15:  Wine Reception hosted by the Council for British Archaeology
8.00 : Conference Dinner at Marzano, 2 Lendal, York

Subterranean York 
The Jorvik Viking Centre and York Minster both address the challenges of interpreting subterranean remains in very different situations and in very different ways.

At 9am Dr. Richard Hall, Deputy Director of York Archaeological Trust will meet us at the Jorvik Viking Centre, a recreated Viking street on the site of the original excavation.

At 11am Louise Hampson, Collections Manager for the Dean & Chapter, will take us
around the York Minster Undercroft where substantial Roman & Medieval architectural
remains sit side by side, and much of the Minster's rich collection is displayed.

Personal Details
Name: ...............................................................................................................
Registration Fees
Please tick as required and send a cheque in pounds sterling payable to the Society of Museum Archaeologists with this booking form to:
Elizabeth A. Walker,
SMA Conference,
Dept. of Archaeology & Numismatics,
National Museums & Galleries of Wales,
Cathays Park,
CF10 3NP.

Conference Attendance (Both days)
SMA Member   £45.00 ..........
Non-Member   £55.00 ..........
Student/Unwaged  £25.00 ..........

Conference Attendance (Friday only)
SMA Member   £35.00 ..........
Non-Member   £45.00 ..........
Student/Unwaged  £20.00 ..........

Subterranean York (Saturday)
Minster Admission Fee  £3.00 ............

The conference dinner will be paid for on the night.

I wish to attend the Conference Dinner'  Yes / No

Please advise if you have any dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian, vegan etc.

Brian Spencer Conference

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1st November 2004 (All Saints' Day)
Day conference in honour of the late Brian Spencer
To be held at the Museum of London.

This day will highlight the major contribution made by the late Brian Spencer, with papers from some of his close colleagues.

9.55 Welcome 

10.00 John Clark (Museum of London):
Contemporary Illustrations of Medieval Horse Ornaments 

10.30 John Cherry (former Keeper, Dept. of Medieval & Later Antiquities, British Museum):  Objects on the Edge: Jewellery Depicted in Manuscripts

11.00 Arthur MacGregor (Dept. of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford): The Cult of John Schorn

11.15-11.45 Coffee break

11.45 Frances Pritchard (Curator, Dept. of Textiles, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester): A Mid 15th century Chasuble Embroidered in a London Workshop for a Lucchese Merchant Family

12.15 Geoff Egan (Museum of London Specialist Services): The Axis of the Commonwealth: Charting London's Textile Exports through Cloth Seals

12.45 - 14.15 Lunch (not provided)- several cafés and restaurants, including the Museum's own, nearby.

12.45-13.10  AGM of the Finds Research Group, in the Lecture Theatre (open to all FRG members)

14.15 Nick Griffiths (Freelancer Researcher and illustrator): Coldharbours, Blacklands and Day Trippers - Medieval Finds on Roman Sites

14.30 Mark Redknap (National Museum of Wales): Pilgrims in the West - Souvenirs of  Cambrians' Devotion 

15.00 Peter Saunders (Director, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum): Brian Spencer - The Salisbury Connexion 

15.15-15.45 Tea break

15.45 Malcolm Jones (Dept. of English, University of Sheffield): The Mystery of the Missing Warming Pan

16.15 Helen Geake (Portable Antiquities Scheme):  Brian Spencer and Portable Antiquities

17.15 Annemarieke Willemsen (National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden):  A Thin Line Between Piety and Play, functional aspects of badges and toys 

17.30 Representative (Society of Thames Mudlarks, London): The Brian we knew

17.45-18.00 Discussion, comments etc.

18.15-19.45  Reception in the Medieval Gallery, with refreshments provided by MOL Early Dept. and FRG.   
This may be the last opportunity for some visitors to see the displays essentially as Brian- who was (with John Clark) responsible for the gallery which opened with the Museum in 1976 - knew them. (A new medieval gallery is scheduled to open in late 2005, replacing the present one, which will close next Easter)

Cost  (to cover refreshments, including the evening reception):
£5.00 for current members of the FRG
£8.00 for non-members

Please return a printout of the slip below with remittance by 14th October to;
Geoff Egan c/o MoLSS, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED  (you will only be contacted in the very unlikely event of cancellation.)

The Museum is at 150 London Wall, London EC2. The Museum entrance is above street level on the Highwalk and for those familiar with it the main front entrance has moved and is now further along the Highwalk in the direction of Moorgate Station.

Getting to the Museum:
Local tube stations are St Paul's, Barbican and Moorgate. By rail to Moorgate, Liverpool Street or City Thameslink. Local bus services are nos 4, 56, 100, 172, 242, 501, 521 and 825


I wish to book ......... Places for the Brian Spencer meeting on Monday 1st November 2004

Name .........................................................................................................................................................



Contact telephone or email...............................................................................................................

I enclose a cheque/postal order for (please tick):    paid-up member of FRG £5............

non member £8.............

NB please make your cheques payable to Finds Research Group AD700-1700

Buried Treasure moves to Manchester

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'Buried Treasure' at Manchester Museum
October 1st-January 15th

As part of the events organised around the 'Buried Treasure' exhibition that opens in Manchester Museum on October 1st, Nick Herepath will be hosting 'Discovery Detectives' sessions at Manchester Museum between 1.00-4.00pm on the Saturdays of October 2nd, November 6th and December 11th. Nick will be on hand to examine any finds you wish to bring in (valuations not given), and you can find out more about the work done to conserve the Museum's treasures.

Buried Treasure - Hidden History
Saturday 16 October
A day school with curators from the British Museum and the Manchester Museum. Learn what to do if you unearth "treasure" with our Finds Liaison Officer and local metal detectorist. See the exhibition through the eyes of our experts, and show them your own discoveries in our 'finds surgery'. £15 per person, for more information and to book call 0161 275 8788.

Other Events
There is a whole host of free events on the theme of 'treasure' suitable for both for families and adults happening throughout the exhibition period. Please contact Manchester Museum for details on 0161 275 2676.

New Finds Days Announced.

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Tubulistum and Finds identification day Saturday 25th September at the Royal
Albert memorial Museum in Queen Street, Exeter. Come and celebrate Augustus
10.00 to 4.00

Finds Surgery held regularly at the museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
next one Tuesday 5th October and first Tuesday in the month (please
telephone first 01392 665983)  10.00 to 1.00

Finds Day Barnstaple Museum 9th October 12.00 to 3.30

Treasure: West Midlands 13th November, 2004

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Minature Shield
Iron Age Minature Shield, Alcester Warwickshire
Drawing Copyright - Candy Stevens

The Portable Antiquities Scheme ( has now recorded over 113,000 archaeological finds made by members of the public. In the West Midlands, people are continually discovering archaeological treasures, and recording them with the Scheme. This Day School will show you what has been recorded, and how these finds are contributing to - and even changing - our understanding of the past.

Find out about nationally important West Midlands finds, such as the Herefordshire papal bulla (lead seal), one of the oldest papal bulla ever found in England, and the Staffordshire Moorlands cup, one of three known enamelled bronze cups which list the forts on Hadrian's Wall. Hear from people involved with the Scheme, like the Finds Liaison Officers and the finders themselves. What is it like for a Finds Liaison Officer to visit a metal detecting club, what do metal detector users think of archaeologists'

£20 (£15 for C.B.A. Members) Lunch not included.
For a programme and enrolment contact Irene McKenzie 0121 414 8065
Quote course code: B/04N/176/AHD

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Rare Viking gold arm ring found in York area.

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A gold Viking arm ring, the second of its kind to be discovered in Britain, has been found in the York area.
The arm ring was brought in to Simon Holmes, of the national Portable Antiquities Scheme, who is based at the Yorkshire Museum, York.

It was brought in by a brother and sister who found the ring amongst their late father s possessions.
The ring was analysed by experts at the British Museum and was declared  treasure  at an inquest in York held this week.

The ring consists of 95 per cent gold and weighs 325 grams. It has been cut through and partly straightened into a curved L-shape, but it is otherwise complete and measures 26cm in diameter.
It is made of two thick, round rods with beaded wires between them, twisted into a cable and tapering to the ends. The original ends are joined to a plain, polyhedral knob at the end.

The arm ring is similar to another example from the Viking period, found in Wipholm, Germany, and the polyhedral knob is similar to other Viking gold arm rings from Dublin and Hornelund, Denmark.Mr Holmes said: 

The only other similar example to be found in Britain was found in Goodrington in Devon and I believe our example is the larger of the two. It s a fascinating find and a beautiful object. 

The ring is currently at the British Museum, where it is being studied, but York Museums Trust now hopes to acquire the arm ring for display at the Yorkshire Museum.

Andrew Morrison, curator of access for archaeology, said:  

"It is a really exciting find. Gold Viking arm rings are not common objects at all and we would be very keen to acquire this object, subject to us raising enough funds."

If you would like to bring in your archaeological finds to be identified, email or visit the Yorkshire Museum s free finds surgeries on 4 September, 2 October, 6 November and 4 December, from 10am - 2pm.

Back view of arm ring

Back view of Viking Arm-ring

Front view of arm ring

Front view of Viking Arm-ring.

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England’s first Viking burial ground found in Cumbria

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The burial site of six Viking men and women, complete with swords and spears, jewellery, firemaking materials and riding equipment, has been discovered near Cumwhitton, Cumbria. 

The site, which is believed to date from the early tenth century, was unearthed following the discovery by a local metal detectorist of two Viking Age copper brooches. The grave of a Viking woman was found beneath the brooches. She had been buried with a wooden chest at her feet, which x-rays may determine holds weaving equipment.  Further excavation led to the discovery of the graves of another woman and four men 10 metres away from the first grave, all buried with their grave goods.  The four men were buried with weaponry, two had firemaking materials, and one was buried with spurs, a possible bridle and what is thought to be the remains of a drinking horn. The female Viking was buried wearing a magnificent jet bracelet on her left wrist and with a copper alloy belt fitting, amongst other goods.

The sandy soil of the area means that while the bodies have decomposed, their equipment had remained exactly where it was buried over a thousand years ago, providing a unique opportunity to excavate a Viking Age cemetery under twenty first century conditions.

Local metal detectorist Peter Adams reported his find via the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), the UK’s largest community archaeology project, which identifies, records and advises on archaeological objects found by the public. The site was subsequently excavated by Oxford Archaeology North with English Heritage, which is now working on the conservation of the finds to ensure that information about the objects recovered is preserved for further study. 

Describing the site, local PAS representative Faye Simpson said: “This was a haunting find. When I first saw the excavated graves, complete with artefacts but the bodies of those buried long decomposed, it seemed as though the people buried there had indeed followed in the footsteps of their ancestors and gone to Valhalla – the Viking afterlife.”

Arts Minister Estelle Morris said: "We should all be grateful to Mr Adams who recorded his find so promptly.  As a result, the experts have been able to learn more about this fascinating site, and uncover the secrets of a time capsule more than a thousand years old.

"Community projects like the Portable Antiquities Scheme help people throughout the country get involved in archaeology and local history.  And museums benefit too, through this direct engagement with local experts.”

Mark Wood, Chair of the Museums, Libraries and Archive Council which manages the Portable Antiquities Scheme said: “This is tremendous news: a unique discovery which will improve people’s understanding of the area and its history. The museum community relies on members of the public to report archaeological treasures to our network of Finds Liaison Officers, and you can imagine how pleased we are when important finds of this nature are unearthed.”

Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman of English Heritage, said: “This incredible find provides rare archaeological evidence of the Vikings as settlers who integrated themselves into English life. This exciting find reveals the presence of the Vikings as a community group including woman and challenges the war-lords stereotype as depicted by Hollywood.
“English Heritage is delighted to have been able to support this momentous discovery by funding the archaeological dig. Treasure hunting for its own sake can be damaging and can lead to the loss of valuable objects. We have been able to discover the secrets of this important site thanks to the responsible detective work of Peter Adams who reported the find to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. It is vital that the many other amateur archaeologists across the country continue to help us uncover new evidence of our archaeological past by following Peter’s admirable lead.”
Rachel Newman of Oxford Archaeology North said, ‘We could not have expected more from the excavation of the site. We knew the brooches found by Mr Adams came from a burial of a Viking Age woman, which was exciting and of great importance in itself, but we did not expect to find five other graves complete with such a splendid array of artefacts. It truly has been an amazing few months excavating this extremely important Viking Age site’.

Finder Peter Adams said, “Finding the brooches was just the beginning.  By detecting alongside the archaeologists I was also able to locate a sword hilt which led to the second, and main, excavation and the discovery of all six graves.  Faye Simpson, our Finds Liaison Officer, did a fantastic job pulling all the resources together to make this excavation possible.  Her dedication, together with the archaeologists on site, enabled us all to learn so much from what is the find of a lifetime for me.”


Notes to Editors

Press enquiries:  Fiona Cameron at MLA on 020 7273 1459, email,
Alex Robat at Brunswick Arts on 020 7936 1296 

Press event: A press event will be held at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle on Tuesday 7 September, 11.30am. Many of the finds will be on view and interviews will be available with:

Michael Lewis, Deputy Head of Portable Antiquities Scheme
Faye Simpson, Portable Antiquities Scheme - Finds Liaison Officer (Cumbria & Lancashire)
Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman, English Heritage
Andrew Davison, English Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments, North West Region
Alan Lupton, Operations Manager at Oxford Archaeology North
Rachel Newman, Director of Oxford Archaeology North
Tim Padley, Keeper of Archaeology, Tullie House
Peter Adams, local metal detector, and finder of the site.

A reconstruction drawing of one of the graves will be on view.
To attend the press call please contact Fiona Cameron as above.

Photos and images

Print quality images including a reconstruction drawing will be available from PA Picselect at under DCMS/PAS folder. For more images contact Fiona Cameron as above.

Viking burial sites in England

The only other known Viking cemetery in England is the cremation cemetery at Ingleby in Derbyshire, which was excavated in the 1940s.  Here ashes were buried in eathenware pots and few artefacts survive.  The only other group of bodies to be found buried together was a battlefield cemetery at Repton, Derbyshire. 

About the Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is the largest community archaeology project this country has ever seen. It was established in 1997 to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by the public and to broaden public awareness of the importance of such finds for understanding our past.

The data recorded - itself an important educational resource - is published on the Scheme's website ( allowing public access to over 60,000 records and over 21,000 images of finds, as diverse as prehistoric flints to post-medieval buckles - and new finds are going online everyday.

The Portable Scheme is managed by a consortium of national bodies led by Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), and includes the British Museum, English Heritage, the National Museums & Galleries of Wales (NMGW) and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, together with the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, the Council for British Archaeology, the National Council for Metal-detecting, the Society of Museum Archaeologists and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The major funding partners of the Scheme are the Heritage Lottery Fund, the DCMS, MLA, the British Museum and the NMGW.

For more information about the Portable Antiquities Scheme contact Dr Michael Lewis (Deputy Head of Portable Antiquities) at or 020 7323 8611.

Organisations involved

English Heritage

English Heritage ( is the Government's lead body for the historic environment. Funded partly by the Government and in part from revenue earned from its historic properties and other services, English Heritage aims to increase the understanding of the past, conserve and enhance the historic environment and broaden access and appreciation of heritage.
As the national archaeology service for England, English Heritage sets standards, promotes innovation and provides detailed archaeological knowledge on the historic environment. This work includes the discovery and analysis of new sites from the air and on the ground, recording and researching the history of landscapes and developing techniques for geophysical survey, technological analysis and dating.

MLA (the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council)

MLA is the national development agency for museums, libraries and archives, advising the government on policy and priorities for the sector. MLA's roles are to provide strategic leadership, to act as a powerful advocate, to develop capacity and to promote innovation and change.  Museums, libraries and archives connect people to knowledge and information, creativity and inspiration. MLA is leading the drive to unlock this wealth, for everyone. For further information visit the MLA website at

Oxford Archaeology North

Oxford Archaeology ( is an educational charity with a Board of Trustees and has over 30 years of experience in professional archaeology and are the largest employer of archaeologists in the country (we currently have more than 200 members of staff). We have offices in Lancaster and Oxford, trading as Oxford Archaeology North (OA North), and Oxford Archaeology (OA) respectively, enabling us to provide a truly nationwide service. OA is an Institute of Field Archaeologists Registered Organisation (No 17), and is thus bound by the IFA's Code of Conduct and required to apply the IFA's quality standards. Oxford Archaeology North staff have unrivalled experience of the archaeology of the North West, having worked in the county for over 20 years

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Established by Carlisle Corporation in 1893, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery ( houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences.

The Museums Human History (Archaeology) collections comprise Cumbrian Prehistory; Roman Cumbria (especially Carlisle and the Hadrian's Wall area): Dark Age and Medieval Cumbria. There are a number of important excavation archives, including several from recent work in Carlisle itself, in which organic materials - especially wood and leatherwork - are notable. Important items within the collections include: Bronze Age stone spear-mould from Croglin, gold neck-ring from Greysouthern; Roman inscribed and sculpted stones from Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall; Dark Age objects from Viking burials at Ormside and Hesket; Saxon sword; Medieval city bell, chest & stocks; Elizabethan weights & measures.

Portable Antiquities at the English Heritage Festival of History

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In August, 2004 and Wendy Scott (Finds Liaison Officer for Leicestershire) and Kevin Leahy, (Finds Advisor) assisted by Dianne, his wife, attended the Festival at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire where they had a superb, but completely exhausting day. 

Visitors were able to look through trays of finds from the North Lincolnshire Museum's reserve collection and Wendy took a computer presentation of finds she has recorded.  We also had displays showing the results of the Scheme on our knowledge of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. 

The day was a great success, our stand was constantly surrounded by a throng of interested people clamouring to see what they could find on the trays.  Children found Wendy's Roman coins fascinating, the thrill of holding something made by the Romans!  We had 655 direct contacts plus many other people who just looked at what we had on show.  Some objects, including a mount from a late 19th century gig saddle, were identified for us by visitors.

This was not a day for recording finds but an occasion to show to the public some of the results of what we are doing.  It looks as if people liked what they saw and appreciate what the Scheme is achieving. 

 Kevin Leahy discussing finds.Kevin Leahy with young scholar
Above: Dr. Kevin Leahy (North Lincolnshire Museum) discussing portable antiquities with interested members of the public.

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