Britain's Secret Treasures
In a new television series, in partnership with the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, presenters Michael Buerk, Bettany Hughes and guests uncover extraordinary objects found by ordinary people that have changed our understanding of British history.
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Britain’s Secret Treasures is broadcast on ITV 1 Thursdays at 20.30, 17 October – 5 December
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The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a DCMS funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.
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5 December 2013
Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), if remembered at all, is primarily known as the person who shared his second wife Emma with Admiral Lord Nelson in the late eighteenth century...
‘When a find is recorded, it is truly discovered’: metal-detecting and its contribution to archaeology
28 November 2013
As the second series of Britain’s Secret Treasures broadcasts on ITV in the United Kingdom, it’s been amazing to see the reaction and level of interest. The first series averaged 3.5 million viewers per episode...
21 November 2013
Decorated with jewel-like enamelled colours and covered in gilding, this Limoges enamelled plaque found on the Isle of Wight, would have been a dazzling religious item for its original owner...
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Behind the scenes
Experts, presenters and crew filming at the British Museum for the new series