£2K boost for Welwyn Hatfield museum

PUBLISHED: 11:02 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 27 July 2017

Roman coin featuring the bust of Hadrian (ca. 117-138 AD) at Mill Green Museum.

Roman coin featuring the bust of Hadrian (ca. 117-138 AD) at Mill Green Museum.

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Mill Green Museum and Mill have received a £2,000 grant from SHARE Museums East to conduct a full review and audit of the museum's 2,000-item strong archaeology collection.

Palaeolithic hand axe (ca. 250,000 BC) at Mill Green Museum.Palaeolithic hand axe (ca. 250,000 BC) at Mill Green Museum.

An external consultant will be brought in to conduct a review of the collection and will train the museum volunteers to conduct a full audit and repack all the items.

Among the museum’s most interesting collection pieces are:

•A medieval iron dagger, dated around the 1500s, and found in 1969 when the foundations were being dug for Hatfield School.

•A Roman coin stamped with the bust of Hadrian, who was emperor from 117-138 AD.

Medieval iron dagger (ca. 1500 AD) at Mill Green Museum.Medieval iron dagger (ca. 1500 AD) at Mill Green Museum.

•A Palaeolithic hand axe from Welwyn Garden City, which was likely used for digging and cutting roots. The hand axe could be up to 250,000 years old.

It is hoped that this new audit will benefit museum visitors, as more archaeological material will be open for display and interpretation at Mill Green Museum and at the Welwyn Roman Baths.

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for policy and culture, said: “We owe a massive debt of gratitude to SHARE Museums East for awarding us this grant.

“It will enable us to thoroughly delve into our collection and document everything we own, and there are some very important pieces of local heritage in our possession.

“Being so close to St Albans and London, the museum features many finds that date back to Roman times, capturing the imagination of history lovers and making sure that we continue to recognise the historical significance of where we live.”

The items in the museum’s archaeology collection range massively in age, with finds dating back to the Palaeolithic era, to Post Medieval artefacts.

Mill Green Museum and Mill successfully applied direct to SHARE Museums East in order to try and receive one of their ‘Collections Review and Rationalisation Grants’.

Mill Green Museum’s curator had to submit a written, costed proposal to the SHARE team who judged hers and other applications from the region

Mill Green Museum & Mill has 2,000 items in it archaeology collection; and 35,000 items overall, when you include artefacts, textiles, photographs and archives relating to Welwyn Hatfield

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