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Unearthing an Anglo-Saxon pattern-welded sword

20 December 13 -- jsuess

In the Oxfordshire County Collections there is a sword.

It dates to around 450-550 AD and is Anglo-Saxon. It was made using a technique called pattern-welding and would have had an intricate herringbone pattern along its blade. Belonging to somebody wealthy, it would have been a symbol of status.

It may have slain men in battle. It may have been kept as a treasured, family heirloom and passed on from one generation to the next. It may have had a name.

New Micro-Consultancy launched

29 January 13 -- jsuess

The Museum Development Service for the Berkshire-Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire (BOB) region is pleased to announce the new "Museum Development Micro-Consultancy Programme", which has been set up to provide opportunities for museums and relevant groups to recruit their own consultants/freelancers in order to support their specified aims and objectives,

Head over Heels Intergenerational Dance Project

6 November 12 -- jsuess

In early 2012 Helen Fountain, Reminiscence Officer at the Museum of Oxford, worked with colleagues to bring together an intergenerational group to devise a short dance piece inspired by reminiscence memories to be performed at the opening of the museum’s “Head over Heels” exhibition. The aim of the project was to provide an additional layer of interpretation to the exhibition, and to pilot a method for sharing the memories collected as part of the museum’s reminiscence programme.

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