British Museum Event for All the Family at Half-Term

Backdated from previous BA website

Dear Neighbour Have you ever found anything in the ground and wondered what it was? Bring it along to the British Museum this weekend and one of our curators will see if they can identify it for you! Test your metal at the British Museum’s buried treasure weekend Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 February 2004 10.30 – 16.00

This half-term the Museum is offering its neighbours the chance to see if there really is something spectacular beneath their feet. As part of a special weekend of activities sponsored by Anglo American, and in association with the Buried treasure exhibition, visitors are being given the opportunity to bring in their own archaeological finds to be assessed, examined and evaluated by a team of experts.

Items can be anything uncovered in the back garden, found whilst walking the dog or even using a metal detector. Almost all the fantastic objects on display in the Buried treasure exhibition were found by members of the public and many of these finds have significantly altered the way we look at the past. The Museum is keen to see what else might be out there.

Anyone bringing in objects will be given free entry to the exhibition. Please note, only archaeological finds can be assessed, not antiques.
In addition, there are activities for all the family taking place throughout the weekend:

• Buy your tickets to the Buried treasure exhibition and get a free copy of the
Anglo American Treasure Trail taking place in the Roman and Iron Age galleries.
Hand in your completed trail and your entry will automatically be placed in a draw
giving you the chance to win one of 30 gold Dodington coin replicas.

• A band of re-enactors will be on hand to bring the ancient world to life. You can
have your photograph taken with a Roman soldier; cross swords with a Viking warrior
or interact with people from Tudor England.

• Visit the reconstruction of the famous Wetwang chariot discovered in the grave of a
woman who died over 2,300 years ago.
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8000
Facsimile +44 (0)20 7323 8616
Minicom +44 (0)20 7323 8920

• Gallery talks – on the hour from 11.00. Meet in the galleries – room number shown in
brackets. Free admission except in the Buried treasure exhibition (Room 35)
Saturday 14 February
Love, Sex and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Middle Ages (Room 42) James Robinson
All that glistens is not gold (Room 35) Jill Cook
Ancient coins as treasure (Room 35) Jonathan Williams
The Wetwang Iron Age Chariot (Great Court) Tony Spence
Buried treasure (Room 35) Richard Hobbs
Sunday 15 February
Charms, Chests and Chimneysweeps (Room 41) Leslie Webster
Serious Money: English coin hoards (Room 35) Barrie Cook
The Wetwang Iron Age Chariot (Great Court) Tony Spence
The Roman army and Vindolanda (Room 49) Sam Moorhead
Treasure tells stories (Room 35) J D Hill

• Lecture – BP Lecture Theatre:
Saturday 14 February at 12:30: free admission
Amesbury Archer: the ‘King of Stonehenge’? Andrew Fitzpatrick
Find out more about the Amesbury Archer, whose
spectacular Early Bronze Age burial is currently
on display in the Buried treasure exhibition.

• Film – Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Saturday 14 February at 14.00: free admission
The Muppets Treasure Island
The Muppet version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story about the pirate Long John Silver
and his takeover of a ship in order to track down buried treasure. Cabin boy Jim Hawkins
teams up with Kermit the Frog to captain the ship in order to foil Long John’s nefarious
plot. For children of all ages.
For further information please call 020 7323 8299 or visit our website
Please come and join us.
Richard Hobbs
Exhibition Curator
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8000
Facsimile +44 (0)20 7323 8616
Minicom +44 (0)20 7323 8920

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