Portable Antiquities and the Industrial Past

I headed off down into the depths of south Shropshire this morning for a meeting with Peter Reavill, who is the Finds Liason Officer for Shropshire and Herefordshire. Based at Ludlow Library and Museum Resource Centre, Peter has offered me the opportunity to work with him during a 10 week work-placement so that I can learn the recording techniques and principles used by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) and then make use of those techniques here at Ironbridge. At present finds that post-date the mid 18th century are rarely recorded by PAS, however the possibility of missing significant industrial finds is high as a result. It will be really interesting to explore the possibilities of combining my experiences at IGMT and the skills learnt during this placement, and see if anything can be put together to help understand our industrial heritage further, and in particular the finds that are associated with it.

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