Portable Antiquities Scheme Roadshows

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11am - 4pm Have you ever found an archaeological object and want to know what it is' Bring it along to a "Finds Roadshow" near you where experts will be on hand to identify your finds.

Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex (www.colchestermuseums.org.uk). Bill Wyman, rock star and metal-detectorist, hope to attend and open the event! Besides the Finds Roadshow there will be an opportunity to meet real Romans (of the Colchester Roman Society) and demonstrations of Roman crafts. Children will be able to dress up as Romans and learn about Roman pottery through hands on activities. Philip Wise (Curator of Archaeology) will be giving tours of the galleries to see the museum’s highlights and there will be experts on hand to provide information about Countryside Stewardship Schemes. For more information contact Caroline McDonald (Essex Finds Liaison Officer) on 01206 282929 or caroline.mcdonald@colchester.gov.uk.

Everyone bringing along an object for identification will receive FREE entry to the museum.
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Donington le Heath Manor House, Coalville, Leicestershire (the site has its own car park and restaurant). As well as the Finds Roadshow there will be the ‘Found in Leicestershire’ display of metal-detected and field-walked finds. Local experts will be on hand to display additional finds and talk about their work. There will be a range of hands-on activities including dig boxes and an excavation simulation. Also, various people will talk about archaeology in the East Midlands. For more information contact Peter Liddle on 0116 264 5810 or pliddle@leics.gov.uk.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon. Besides the Finds Roadshow local author and finds specialist Brian Read will be on hand to talk about metal-detecting and his publications. There will also be a display of metal-detector finds found by local people. Activities for children will include the chance to dress up as a Roman and handle real archaeological finds! For more information contact Nicky Powell (Devon FLO) on 01392 665983 or Nicola.powell@exeter.gov.uk

Museum of Reading, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire (there are car parks near by and the building is fully accessible for people with disabilities). Other events organised in conjunction with the Finds Roadshow include spinning and weaving activities, pot making, face painting, coin-striking and the opportunity to dress up in historical costume! For more information contact Kate Sutton (Berkshire & Oxfordshire FLO) on 01635 30511 or ksutton@westberks.gov.uk  Kurt

Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire from 2pm - 4pm (parking available at Shirehall). This Finds Roadshow is part of the Shropshire Archaeological Day School, a small conference to highlight recent archaeological work. On display there will be a small collection of archaeological/metal-detected finds. Whilst the Finds Roadshow is FREE tickets for the conference cost £9.00 and need to be purchased in advance. For further information contact Peter Reavill (Herefordshire & Shropshire Finds Liaison Officer) on 01584 813641 or Peter.Reavill@shropshire-cc.gov.uk. For more information about the Day School contact Hugh Hannaford on 10743 255352 or hugh.hannaford@shropshire-cc.gov.uk.   

Wrexham County Borough Museum, County Buildings, Regent Street, Wrexham (www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage or www.wrecsam.gov.uk/amgueddfeydd). Besides the Finds Roadshow there will also be hands-on-archaeological activities for younger children, including a mini dig! For more information contact Jonathan Gammond (Wrexham Borough County Museum) on 01978 317978 or Jonathan.gammond@wrexham.gov.uk or Mark Lodwick (Finds Co-ordinator, Wales) on 029 2057 3226 or mark.lodwick@nmgw.ac.uk  

The Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York (the nearest car park is Marygate, opposite the Museum Gardens). As well as the Finds Roadshow Simon Holmes (North & East Yorkshire FLO) will be giving talks, and demonstration of Roman Armour in the museum’s Roman Galleries throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity to handle archaeological objects from the museum’s reserve collections. For more information contact Simon Holmes or Dave Evans on 01904 687668/687666 or simon.holmes@ymt.org.uk / david.evans@ymt.org.uk.  

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