The Saving Treasures; Telling Stories Project

Saving Treasures; Telling Stories is an HLF funded project which is acquiring archaeological objects for local and national collections, providing training for heritage professionals and volunteers and engaging local communities with their pasts through the funding of community archaeology projects led by local museums throughout Wales.

The Saving Treasures; Telling Stories Project is a partnership project between Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales (The FED) and the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales (PAS Cymru) promoting the portable archaeological heritage of Wales through acquiring finds made by the public. The project secured Heritage Lottery Grant funding in October 2014 through the Collecting Cultures programme and runs for five years.

The Project will contribute to the work of museums and their collections by:-

Strengthening community and cultural identities and empowering people through learning, participation and inspiration. In addition, it will:

  • Acquire artefacts for national and local collections.
  • Bring together metal detector clubs, local museums and communities.
  • Enable diverse communities to engage with evidence for their past.

Funded Outcomes

  • A fund will be available to cover all costs of acquiring treasure and recorded non-treasure finds (over 300 years old) from across Wales.
  • The project will enable six Community Archaeology Projects (between 2016 and 2018), working with local museums, metal-detecting clubs and local communities.
  • Strategic collecting networks, training, skill-sharing, bursaries and volunteering opportunities will be generated.

The PAS Cymru website will be developed as a focus in Wales for celebrating treasure and non-treasure finds.

To find out more about Saving Treasures; Telling Stories please contact:

Dr Rhianydd Biebrach,
Project Officer,
Department of Archaeology and Numismatics,
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales,
Cathays Park,
CF10 3NP.
Tel: (029) 2057 3137

Email Dr Rhianydd Biebrach