1 February—15 February 2021

Archaeology study sessions: Treasure and hoards

Add some sparkle to your Monday evenings with this series of three archaeology study sessions on treasure and hoards.

Join museum staff to discover which archaeological objects can and can’t be classed as treasure. We’ll then take a look at the law and some of the amazing discoveries that have and haven’t been been protected by it. Find out about the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the role it plays in processing, recording and researching treasure before studying some of the incredible items and hoards found locally.

Numbers are limited to allow participants to ask questions and discuss the topics covered.

Sessions last for 90 minutes and take place on Mondays via Zoom at 7.30pm (GMT) on:

  • 1 February 2021 – All that glitters: treasure, the law and archaeology
  • 8 February 2021 – Records and research: what treasure can tell us
  • 15 February 2021 – Hoards under the floorboards: highlights from Bristol Museum’s collections

The online lectures will be recorded and made available for those not able to attend each session.. A reading list and further information will also be provided.

Suitable for: All sessions are suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before but are keen to find out more. They are open to everyone aged 16 and over.

Speaker information

These sessions are led by museum staff.

Gail Boyle FMA FSA is Senior Curator for Archaeology & World Cultures for Bristol Culture & Creative Industries and has been a successful museum archaeologist for over 35 years. She sits on several UK heritage and museum related bodies, including the DCMS Treasure Valuation Committee and the Portable Antiquities Advisory Group.

Kurt Adams is the Gloucestershire and Avon Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. He has identified and recorded thousands of important archaeological items, including many finds that qualify as Treasure. Some of these finds have led to the discovery of important archaeological sites, which Kurt has investigated through fieldwork.

Kate Iles is the Curator for Archaeology & World Cultures for Bristol Culture & Creative Industries. She helps curate a large, multi-period archaeology collection and directs the Archaeology study day field school programme. Kate is also a Young Archaeologists’ Club leader for the Bristol & Bath branch and the Project Officer for Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society.

How to take part

Due to COVID-19, study days will be run online via Zoom over several sessions.

Details of how to join each session will be sent to you along with a reminder about your booking in the week leading up to the course. You will also receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly.

Archaeological study sessions

Bristol Museums has run a programme of study days since 2013 and an archaeological field school since 2019. Due to COVID-19, this year’s study days will be run online and broken down into several linked sessions. Profits from study days and the field school help support the work of Bristol Museums.

Sessions are open to everyone aged 16 and over and suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before.

The study day programme and field schools are directed by Kate Iles, curator of archaeology. For more information or to join our mailing list, please contact [email protected].