Small Things Considered in Essex – Can you help?

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‘Small Things Considered' is a travelling exhibition on the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Essex, sponsored by the Museums in Essex Committee. It will visit most of the major museums, and other public venues, across Essex between March 2005 and August 2006.

The purpose of the exhibition is to show the public how ordinary people, and not just archaeologists, are discovering and recording finds and adding to the historical record of where we all live.

It would be excellent to display objects found by metal detector users and other finders as a way of bringing this exhibition ‘alive'. With the exhibition running for 18 months, it will be a major showcase for finds otherwise not seen by the public.
If you detect in Essex and would consider loaning objects for a period of at least 6 weeks, I would be very grateful to hear from you.

Essential information:
Each venue will provide SECURE display cases. All objects will be insured for display by the PAS in Essex and most museums will have additional insurance to cover loaned objects. There will be full acknowledgement to metal detecting clubs and individuals, unless they wish to remain anonymous. There will be receipts for all loans. Find spots will be restricted to parish level (or greater, on request). I would like to make records for the PAS , with the owner's permission, though this is entirely voluntary. Things to think about: Objects do not have to be metal – flint, pottery and other material are welcome from the prehistoric to post medieval period. Finds do not have to be ‘outstanding', they can be things that you particularly like or are particularly special to you (e.g. it was the first thing you found etc). They need not be recent finds.

The exhibition will run at (in order):

Great Dunmow Museum
Braintree Museum
Witham Museum
Colchester Museum
Colchester Library
Chelmsford Museum
Chelmsford Library
Essex Record Office, Chelmsford
South Woodham Ferrers Museum
Southend Central Museum
 

If you detect in or around one of these areas, I would be very grateful if you would consider supporting the PAS in one or more of these venues.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.

Caroline McDonald
FLO , Essex
01206 282929
caroline.mcdonald@colchester.gov.uk

Contact: Caroline McDonald 01206 282929

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