Treasure Donated to the Oxfordshire Museums Service

22 Mar

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The landowner of my P and I have agreed to donate the cufflinks to the Oxfordshire Museums Service rather than to receive a reward ex gratia following the Treasure Valuation process. It would have been interesting to have the treasure valuation go forward, as I would have loved knowing from independent assessors how much the cufflinks are worth. But donating them at this stage actually magnifies the public good by saving the museum funds it would spend on the appraisal process.

As we went through the donation process, Mr B ____ and I worked with Ian Richardson, Treasure Registrar for the PAS and the British Museum. Without telling us, Ian arranged certificates of appreciation for me and Mr B ____ from the Minister of Culture and the Digital Economy. David Moon, Curator of Archaeology for the Oxfordshire Museums Service, agreed to attach Mr B ____’s name and mine to the donor card for the cufflinks and to let us know when they are displayed in local museums. The Woodstock Museum is currently being remodelled, but they anticipate establishing a gallery section focused on local metal detecting finds when they reopen.

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2 Responses to “Treasure Donated to the Oxfordshire Museums Service”

  1. Jacqui Wise March 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    Well done! Exceptional finds & lovely that you & the land owner have donated the items for everyone to enjoy. You should be very proud of yourselves.

    • antiphonus March 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

      Thanks, Jacqui. We both felt it was a good thing to do, as rather than disappearing into a private collection, now others will be able to see and study them. Also it will definitely be fun to see them on display!

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