treasure

RESCUE says: Proposed changes to ‘Treasure’ rules include some of our policy proposals

The long anticipated new review of the Treasure Act is out for consultation until the end of April 2019.  It covers various aspects of the procedure in the Treasure Act Code of Practice (last updated 2007) to improve delivery speeds. It removes the overlap between Church of England and Treasure laws (in favour of the …

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Repairing damage to an 800-year old coffin at Prittlewell Priory – who should pay?

Repairs to an 800-year old coffin damaged by visitors to Prittlewell Priory Muesum in Southend will cost a “negligible” £100 to fix, according to Southend Council.1 For those unfamiliar with the story, the sandstone sarcophagus – found in the Priory grounds in 1921 complete with buried occupant – was damaged accidentally in the museum when …

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Rescue respond to DCMS’ Museums Review

Rescue have submitted a response to the Government’s “Review of Museums in England”((https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-museums-in-england)), described thus: The Museums Review will consider how museums and galleries across England can thrive and become even more inclusive. The Review will look at how the sector operates, the challenges it faces and the role of government-sponsored museums. Rescue have highlighted …

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The proposed DCMS White Paper on ‘Our Culture’: A response by RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust

Rescue have formulated a response to a recent white paper discussion piece by DCMS, entitled ‘Our Culture’, focused on the funding of archaeology in the UK. https://dcms.dialogue-app.com/the-funding-challenge-share-and-discuss-your-ideas-on-how-to-develop-new-sources-of-funding-for-the-arts-and-culture Our response is available at https://dcms.dialogue-app.com/the-funding-challenge-share-and-discuss-your-ideas-on-how-to-develop-new-sources-of-funding-for-the-arts-and-culture/the-proposed-dcms-white-paper-on-our-culture-a-response-by-rescue-2013-the-british-archaeological-trust and reproduced below:   Financial resilience and the funding of cultural institutions and organisations “The second theme will focus on building financial resilience …

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HMS Victory: the full story so far

RESCUE, the British Archaeological Trust has been following the case of HMS Victory AD 1744 since Odyssey Marine Exploration (OME) announced in 2009 the identification of the ship’s wreck site in the English Channel. (OME press release 26th February 2009, http://shipwreck.net/pr176.php , accessed 18th March 2015). The press release said “Odyssey has been cooperating closely …

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Rescue says: The Lenborough Hoard

RESCUE Says: The Lenborough Hoard The media have once again whipped themselves into a frenzy regarding buried treasure. The latest example is the Lenborough hoard – a metal detecting rally bonanza consisting of over 5,000 allegedly pristine silver coins dated (so far) to the reigns of Aethelred and Cnut – AD 978-1016 – which according …

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War Grave Looting Goes On

Sunk with the loss of 1,459 Navy sailors by a German submarine in the First World War three Royal Navy cruisers, are now enjoying a new life as source of cheap metal for Dutch commercial salvage ships. The three ships, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy, were all sunk on the 22 September 1914. The satirical magazine Private Eye revealed in November that the …

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British Museum to endorse TV treasure hunting programme?

RESCUE have written to the Dr Roger Bland of the Portable Antiquities Scheme to express our alarm at the well-substantiated rumours that are circulating regarding the participation of the British Museum in the production of a television series for ITV entitled ‘Britain’s Secret Treasures’ which will take as its focus the activities of artefact hunters …

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Crisis facing our national treasures

RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust welcomes the contribution of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) to the debate over the future of archaeological archives in the UK. We have long advocated improvements to the system of archive deposition in local and regional museums and the creation of regional depositories to hold archives …

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Cuts to National Museums Liverpool

Museums have been starved of resources for many years relying on donations and voluntary help from their local communities. It is ironic that David Cameron chose Liverpool to announce his Big Society concept. National Museums Liverpool receives 95% of its funding from central government and has been told to expect cuts of at least 30%. It is unlikely …

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