My name is Megan Gard and I am the new Finds Liaison Officer for Leicestershire and Rutland. Having only taken up the post a few weeks before lockdown began, I have unfortunately not been able to meet with the majority of my clubs and finders, but I am keen to do so once it is safe and restrictions are lifted.
Although I have not had the opportunity to meet with most of you and see your lovely finds, I am still keen to record these during lockdown. I am currently working from home, so if you would like to record some of your finds with me, I am able to do this over email. If I could receive an image of each side of the object, its length and width, if possible its thickness, the weight of the object and a findspot/grid reference; I will be able to create a full record.
Don’t hesitate to drop me an email with the above details to mgard@Rutland.gov.uk
I hope everyone stays safe and well, I look forward to meeting you all and hope to see you all soon.
All the best,
My name is Megan and I am the new Finds Liaison Officer for Rutland and Leicestershire. I am based here at Rutland County Museum. It is my job to record small finds of archaeological interest found by members of the public, which are over 300 years old, also recorded are objects which qualify as treasure under the Treasure Act 1996.
All objects that are recorded go onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme Database where they can be viewed by members of the public. Each object receives its own record, included within this is a description of the object and its function, date range, measurements, an image and a findspot (although at least a six figure grid reference must be provided, it can only be seen to a four figure grid reference by the general public).
I am looking forward to seeing a range of objects related to Rutland and Leicestershire’s past and I am more than happy for people to contact me if they have found anything of interest, whether it be made of metal, flint or ceramic.
I can be contacted via email or telephone on email@example.com 01572758131 or 07973854977.
Please see important information from The British Museum below
Following government advice, Portable Antiquities Scheme staff are unlikely to be able to meet in person with finders to take in finds or undertake other outreach work. Most Portable Antiquities Scheme staff, including Finds Liaison Officers, will remain contactable by email, so therefore can advise on the recording of finds or the reporting of Treasure. It might be that we ask finders to hold on to their finds (keeping a good record of the findspot in accordance with the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal-Detecting in England and Wales) for full recording at a later date. For new finds of potential Treasure finders should notify their local Finds Liaison Officer and/or British Museum treasure team (in England) by email, with photographs of the object and full details of the findspot, finders and landowners details, and await further instruction.
This beautiful Anglo-Saxon gold buckle is a fitting new addition to the collections in our 50th anniversary year.
It is only one of four examples of a triangular plated buckle made in gold to have been found in England so far. It is significant as it is the most Northerly example. The others were found in the South East, at Taplow, Sutton Hoo and Prittlewell.
Each of the known buckles come from a grave with ‘Royal’ associations, which lead us to believe that the Burley example comes from a very high status burial.
It was found in 2016 with fragments of a copper alloy Coptic bowl and a beautiful gold pendant at Burley on the Hill in Rutland.
The finds were declared ‘Treasure’ through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the museum was able to secure the buckle and bowl thanks to grants from the following organisations:
• Art Fund
We are pleased to be able to announce that these items can now be seen on display at the Museum.