2 July 2020

Late lunch talk: Treasure revealed

Gone are the days of Treasure Trove…or have they?

This talk explores what can and can’t be considered treasure, and how finders, museums and the authorities deal with the challenges that finds of this nature can bring. The talk will be illustrated with amazing discoveries from both local and national contexts.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery collects archaeological material found during excavation and community archaeological projects, as well as by gift from individuals who have made chance finds.

However some of these chance finds fall under the definitions articulated in the 1996 Treasure Act (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), which sets out the process by which they may be acquired by museums. This might sound straightforward but as our speaker will reveal, not all that glisters is gold and not all items designated as treasure belong in a museum.

Speaker: Gail Boyle FMA FSA , Senior Curator of Archaeology and World Cultures

Gail also represents museum interests a member of the Treasure Valuation Committee and also the Portable Antiquities Scheme Advisory Group.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 2 July.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.