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Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference 2017: 20 Years of Treasure

11/Oct/2017 @ 10:30 - 16:00


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the commencement of the Treasure Act 1996 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In this time over 11,000 Treasure finds have been reported under the Act, presenting local museums with an opportunity to acquire important objects from all periods of British history. Treasure objects not acquired by museums have a permanent record on the Portable Antiquities Scheme online database.

This conference will consider Treasure now, and look at what has been learnt in the past 20 years. There will be particular focus on discovery, acquisition and interpretation with relevant case-studies. The conference will also look forward, considering the potential of Treasure in the years to come.

Provisional Programme:
10:30 Registration
11:00 Welcome
11:10 The Treasure Act 1996: how did we get here – and where can we go? Ian Richardson, Treasure Registrar, British Museum/Portable Antiquities Scheme
11:25 The story of the Frome Hoard – one way of promoting best practice Anna Booth, Finds Recording Officer, Suffolk County Council
11:40 Treasure Plus: Connecting finds, people and places Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager, Art Fund
11:55 Treasure Fundraising: The Wold Newton hoard case-study Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics, York Museums Trust
12:10 Questions
12:30 Lunch (not provided)
13:30 From Stories to Science: Interpreting and Displaying Treasure Natalie Buy, Curator of Archaeology, York Museums Trust
13:50 Boundless Treasure or Fool’s Gold? Twenty Years of Treasure and the Norfolk Perspective Tim Pestell, Curator of Archaeology, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
14:10 Questions
14:25 Break
15:00 Twenty years of Treasure: an archaeological retrospective Mike Heyworth, Director, Council for British Archaeology
15:20 Questions
15:30 Discussion
16:00 Finish

Tickets: Eventbrite (free)


Rebecca Griffiths, Finds Liaison Officer for North and East Yorkshire
01904 687687


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