From: k suenson-taylor [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 22 October 2003 16:19
Metal detectorists want conservation advice from conservators.
What should we do?
We need you to contribute to this debate and help shape the future of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
On December 18th 2003 at the British Museum there will be a one-day conference to discuss issues surrounding metal detecting and conservation, followed by a wine reception, gallery talk and free entry to the new exhibition of spectacular metal detected finds, "Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past".
"Whose Find is it Anyway?" Treasure, Metal detecting, Archaeology and Conservation - the life of detected finds after recovery.
A UKIC Archaeology Section and British Museum joint conference.
The debate over the rights and wrongs of metal detecting has always been fierce, but, like it or not, metal detecting in the UK is legal and here to stay. Since the introduction of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in 1997, archaeologists and metal detectorists have worked together to ensure that the information from metal detected finds is not lost.
One of the most frequent questions detectorists ask the PAS is how to care for their finds. Many of these objects may eventually be donated to museums. But inappropriate "kitchen table" treatments and storage may jeopardise their long-term survival or remove important associated material, such as mineral preserved organics.
How should we tackle these issues?
This conference is intended to stimulate further dialogue between detectorists and conservators. It will review the work of the Scheme and address the difficulties still facing archaeologists, conservators and metal detectorists in working together to gather information and safeguard finds for the future. The aim of the day is to find out what conservation advice detectorists need and how best to achieve this. There will be plenty of time for debate.
We need you to contribute to this debate. Come and have your say.
Speakers from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, archaeologists, detectorists, scientists and conservators will focus on the "life" of the find after recovery, including how stray detected finds are recorded and used by the research community. Some of the many different procedures for their investigation, cleaning and care used by amateurs and professionals will be discussed. There will be displays of finds by metal detecting clubs and conservators. "Guide to Conservation for Metal Detectorists", the recent publication commissioned by the PAS, will be on sale.
Following the meeting there will be a wine reception. The British Museum galleries will remain open and there will be an opportunity to view the spectacular new exhibition, "Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past", which will include some of the Museum's most impressive metal detected finds. The conference fee includes free entry to the exhibition and a special talk by one of its curators.
Cost: Members of UKIC, metal detecting clubs or professional archaeological groups £35; non-members £50; UKIC students £25. Fee includes free exhibition entry, interval refreshments and evening wine reception. Lunch is not included. (Food is available in the Museum's Great Court cafeteria; or bring your own sandwiches). Due to considerable advance interest from a wide audience, places are expected to fill quickly and early booking is strongly advised.
For more details, or to book your place, please contact Kirsten Suenson-Taylor, 01295 720350 [log in to unmask] or Claire Heywood [log in to unmask] Cheques should be made payable to UKIC Archaeology Section and sent to Claire Heywood, Department of Conservation, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WCIB 3DG or Kirsten Suenson-Taylor, Mill House, South Newington, Banbury, OXON OX15 4JE. UKIC members and professional archaeological group members please include your membership number; Metal detecting club members please include the name, address and phone number of your club, plus membership number where relevant. Entry is by ticket only. Please include your postal address to which ticket will be sent. If there are places left on the day, all non-booked latecomers pay £50 on the door. Please ring in advance to check availability.
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