Anglo-Saxon CSI: Sittingbourne

Calling all young volunteers
January 10, 2011, 7:40 pm
Filed under: news, People

CSI: Sittingbourne has partnered with Vinspired, the local arm of the national youth volunteering scheme, and is offering full and part time volunteer placements for a lab assistant and fund-raiser/market developer.  If we’re able to get help in these areas we should be able to re-open, and keep open, the lab and exhibition for the remainder of the lease meaning we may be able to complete the rest of the site.  As well as these benefits, Vinspired can also backdate and give future certificates and national recognition to all our 16-25 year old volunteers, which helps them with their CVs and job applications in these difficult times.

For more information about opportunities with CSI: Sittingbourne, and other projects, please take the time to visit the Vinspired website.


One week to go…
December 8, 2010, 5:51 am
Filed under: news

Just one week to go until the most important conservation conference of the year… kind of.

‘CSI: Sittingbourne – The Value of Volunteers’ is to be presented at the Conservation Matters in Wales conference, ‘Conservation: Added Value’, at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery in Aberdare, South Wales.  This is a one day conference organised by National Museum Wales, The Federation of Museums and Galleries of Wales and Cardiff University.

This will hopefully help to introduce some more people to the project who may not know about it.  It will also be my first conference that I have spoken at.  I don’t think imagining the audience naked will help with the nerves, but I’ll give it a go…



I shall post some photos and give a review next week as to how everything went and what the other presentations were about.

Another benefit of volunteers
November 23, 2010, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Community, news

This is just to notify anyone who doesn’t know about the exciting volunteer project at the Museum of London and a brief article featured in this month’s ICON News (November 2010 – issue 31).

The museum has run a number of volunteer programmes during the past 8 years since its archive (LAARC) opened to the public in 2002.  The current scheme, VIP (Volunteer Inclusion Programme), which has been funded by Renaissance London, has been running since 2008.  However, the aim of all the programmes has been to help improve accessibility to the archives by employing the help of volunteers who  update storage, such as repackaging, and documentation.  The added values and benefits of this approach have been those of teaching new skills, engaging the public, and introducing conservation to a new generation, as well as simply completing the work much faster.

Museum of London

From October to December 2010 (OK, October has passed and this post is a bit behind!) the volunteer programme will be on display in the Museum galleries.  VIP graduates will be there to interact with the public to explain the work involved in repackaging and documentation of collections.

As CSI: Sittingbourne is not open at the moment then you might like to pay a visit and have a look at this event instead, as well as the new galleries that opened a few months ago.  The archaeological collections officers are supervising hour long sessions at the Clore Learning Centre in addition to the gallery demonstrations.  Activities take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays until 10th December.

For more information about this event or any of the other volunteer programmes have a look at the links below.

What’s on at the Museum of London

Working life of Museum of London

Volunteer Inclusion Programme

Happy birthday x-rays!
November 8, 2010, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Conservation, news

Seeing the Google doodle today I see that x-rays are 115 years old today.  Happy birthday x-rays!

Google doodle celebrating 115 years of x-rays

X-rays can be really useful for conservators working with most any type of material, but particularly archaeological finds, and they have been used extensively during the work in the CSI: lab.  You can read more about the use of x-rays in an earlier post.  This post, however, is a gallery of just some of the x-rays that have been taken for objects in the lab – most are swords.

Sword from grave 158 with copper alloy ring and knife fragment

X-ray of block-lift containing a sword and knife

X-ray of block-lifted sword containing an interestingly detailed silver buckle and pattern welded blade

Middle of a sword from grave 182

Tip of the sword from grave 182


X-ray image of Anglo-Saxon brooches and buckle

Archaeologists are baffled by this x-ray

OK, the last one isn’t one of ours, but it’s pretty cool.

If you want to find out more about x-rays have a look at the links below.

English Heritage Guidelines on the X-radiography of archaeological metalwork

Wikipedia x-rays

Also, kind of related to x-rays and bones (…well bones at least), is Paul Evans’ blog ‘Osteography‘.  I noticed this advertised in the corridor at university and it appears to be quite interesting, so well worth having a look at.  Have a look also at his earlier project, ‘Origin 09‘.

click to enlarge


Opening times
November 3, 2010, 5:41 pm
Filed under: news

We will only be open on Fridays & Saturdays until further notice, but definitely through November 2010.  We’d like to apologise for anyone planning to visit at different times.

Digging for Britain (2)
October 27, 2010, 8:50 pm
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This has been mentioned briefly on this blog (…and should have had a bit more coverage at the time!) but CSI: Sittingbourne appeared on the four-part BBC2 series ‘Digging for Britain’ with Dr. Alice Roberts.  It was a really great bit of coverage for the project and hopefully enligtened a few people to whats going on as well.  We certainly had a lot more hits on this site and the lab and exhibition had a lot more visits too.

We’d all like to thank everyone involved in producing the show and providing such good coverage of the project, especially the fact that the lab was a main point of focus for the segment.

If you missed it on the TV then someone has kindly uploaded the full episode (…in six separate parts) onto youtube.  The video is really good quality and is well worth a watch if you didn’t see it the first time round.  I might even show my nan seeing as she fell asleep when it was on the first time… 

A review from the Independent is available here.

–Part 1– –Part 2– –Part 3– –Part 4– –Part 5– –Part 6–

Digging for Britain
September 1, 2010, 12:00 pm
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Coming up on BBC2 in the next few weeks will be the appearance of CSI: Sittingbourne.  Digging for Britain, hosted by Dr. Alice Roberts of Time Team, Coast, Extreme Archaeology and Wild Swimming fame, follows a year of archaeology in Britain, joining up the results of digs and investigations from all over the country.

CSI: should be featured on the 9th September so keep an eye out.  To find out more about the show or watch episodes visit the BBC website or see Dr. Alice’s blog post.

Digging for Britain is on Thursday, 9pm on BBC2.