Fonds AUD 5 - Archaeology Oral History Interviews

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Archaeology Oral History Interviews


  • 2005-2014 (Creation)

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5 MiniDiscs, 6 WAV PCM linear files (approximately 8 GB), 9 papers, 4 JPEG files

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Administrative history

Comprises museums, collections study centres and countywide services relating to archaeology and education.

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Administrative history

An oral history project established in 2005 in order to coincide with an exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum on the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The project's aim was to interview people who have a connexion with archaeology and Norfolk. Initially, the intention was to interview amateur archaeologists, especially metal detectorists. However the project expanded to include professional archaeologists as well. The main partners within the project are Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service and the Norfolk Sound Archive, part of the Norfolk Record Office.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 15/02/2005 (SAC 2004/22), catalogued as AUD 5/1/1-5 and AUD 5/2 on 24/11/2005 (JD); and on 13/12/2010 (SAC 2010/15), catalogued as AUD 5/1/6-7 on 13/12/2010 (JD); and on 04/02/2011 (SAC 2010/20), catalogued as AUD 5/1/8 on 07/02/2011 (JD); on 27/01/2012 (SAC 2011/33), catalogued as AUD 5/1/9, AUD 5/2/2 and AUD 5/3/1 on 02/02/2012 (JD); on 27/07/2012 (SAC 2012/13), catalogued as AUD 5/1/10 on 27/07/2012 (JD); on 23/10/2012 (SAC 2012/20), catalogued as AUD 5/1/11 and AUD 5/3/2 on 23/10/2012 (JD); on 17/06/2013 (SAC 2013/10), added on 17 June 2013 (JD); on 05/03/2014 (SAC 2013/31), added to NRO catalogue on 05/03/2014 (JD); on 11 July 2014 (SAC 2014/4), added to catalogue as AUD 5/2/3 and AUD 5/3/3 on 11 July 2014 (JD).

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This collection relates to a joint project between the Norfolk Museum and Archaeology Service and the Norfolk Record Office's Sound Archive. The project's initial aim was to record interviews with metal detectorists, beachcombers and amateur archaeologists so that excerpts of the interviews could be used in a travelling exhibition, 'Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past', organised by The British Museum, when it came to Norwich (Castle Museum). As well as visiting London and Norwich the exhibition, not including the oral history interviews, also went to partner museums in Cardiff (National Museum and Gallery of Wales), Manchester (The Manchester Museum) and Newcastle (Hancock Museum). The project has since been expanded to include non-amateur archaeologists. It is an ongoing project.

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Access to sound recordings within this collection is available at the Norfolk Sound Archive's listening room, which forms part of the Norfolk Record Office's (NRO's) public searchroom. Textual records can be consulted in the NRO's searchroom. The sound recordings will also be available via the Norwich Castle Study Centre (telephone 01603 493625, email Many of the finds referred to in this collection, or finds very similar to them, are held by the Norfolk Museum and Archaeology Service (telephone 01603 493625, email

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Owned by Norfolk County Council.

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