Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference 2017: 20 Years of Treasure

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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


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There is no onsite parking at any of our venues, however we are just a few minutes' walk from many car parks in York. The closest is Marygate Car Park (City of York Council) (YO30 7DT).

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York Museum Gardens is a 10-15 minute walk from York railway station.

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