Archaeologists pick favourite ‘treasure’ at The Oxfordshire Museum

Visitors to The Oxfordshire Museum have been enjoying the county’s best ‘treasure finds’ at a great new exhibition – but what are the experts’ favourite objects?

Local archaeologists will be dropping in at the 20 years of Treasure exhibition to talk about their favourite objects unearthed by members of the public and made available to the museum under the 1996 Treasure Act.

The event is taking place this Saturday, 14 October, from 2.30pm to 4.40pm, with tickets at £8. Contact the museum in Woodstock on 01993 814106.

20 Years of Treasure - The Portable Antiquities scheme in Oxfordshire

The exhibition marks two decades since the Treasure Act was introduced to ensure significant archaeological finds were preserved for the nation. It features objects from ancient pottery and gold coins to Iron Age jewellery and Elizabethan rings, demonstrating the huge influence of the 1996 Act on our understanding of Oxfordshire’s history.

All of the objects have been found by local people and metal detectorists across Oxfordshire. They include treasure finds and also items that have been recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme – set up at the same time as the Treasure Act - to record details of finds that did not class as treasure.


Late 16th century gold pendant applique, found by a metal detectorist in 2003.