Well I reckon some must be smiling, others not quite knowing whats going
on and others totally astounded by whats currently doing the rounds about
the Portable Antiquities Scheme......well, everywhere except here maybe!
I'm bemused, neh staggered that those who would rub their hands with glee
haven't sought to hammer home their long held personal feelings that the
PAS is a drain on funding that could be better spent elsewhere!
Mind you, just imagine a what will happen! an unfettered hobby with no
sense of direction for the historic record which the PAS did very well.
Just imagine all those sites & artefact's that will never be seen or heard
of due to there being no PAS.
Ah I hear you say, but if they get moved off into these Renaissance Hub
Museums then that should be much more practical! Not so and I'll spell out
why. One,the PAS has built a bloomin fantastic team headed by Roger Bland
and others, take the head away and the body will die. Two, If anyone
thinks for a minute that all the FLO's will just saunter off quietly to
regional museums like Bristol (who have shut their regional archaeology
section recently to the consternation of Gale Boyle(fab curator)) then
think again, they'll get less job security there than with the PAS at this
present time. These hard working archaeologist are feeling as secure as a
live turkey in a butchers shop! Three, if you think that hobbyist are
going to sit there and think this is a great idea for them then pull your
fingers out of your ears and listen to what they think! This whole episode
that is currently unfolding will bring us all back to one place only and
that the pre PAS era of mistrust and anger.
Sorry if this seems a little terse, but I am along with a lot of other
hard working people really upset at this attempt to manipulate a whole
functioning, successful scheme into a railroad car out into the regions.
Love to hear what you all think?
I'm amazed that these hair-brain idea's that Roy Clare has come up with
has hardly been thought through, let alone ANY consultation with those
whom this affects. Perhaps he has a dream? Perhaps his lack of support
during the funding round for the PAS was just an oversight? Perhaps Father
Christmas really does exist!
Happy Christmas all.