Free finds identification day on Saturday 17 April 2010

Press Release: 15/04/2010

Free finds identification day on Saturday 17 April 2010

Have you found anything interesting when out walking, digging the garden or metal detecting; perhaps metal artefacts, pieces of pottery or coins?  Would you like to find out more about them, or even discover what they are?


If so, Winchester City Council’s Museums Service, in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, is hosting a free Finds Identification Day as part of the Treasures of Hyde Abbey exhibition currently on display at Winchester Discovery Centre. The Finds day will be held in the Gallery, at the top of the main staircase in the Discovery Centre on Jewry Street, Winchester, on Saturday 17 April between 10am and 4pm.


Rob Webley, the Hampshire Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer, and colleagues from the museum service will be on hand to try to identify your mysterious finds and tell you more about them.


All the finds identified that qualify will be recorded onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme database to help build up a picture of life in Hampshire in the past.


Rob Webley said: “Each year, many thousands of archaeological objects, or ‘portable antiquities’, are found by members of the public. I look forward to seeing any finds you have made that might illuminate the history of Hampshire in general and Hyde in particular.”


This event is FREE and no booking is required. Just turn up with your finds on the day.