l-r:Toby Field (Producer), Richard Hobbs (Curator, British Museum), Stephanie Palmer (Mildenhall Museum Chairman), Helen Mark (Presenter), Sydney Holder (grandson of Syd Ford, co-finder of the Mildenhall Treasure)

l-r:Toby Field (Producer), Richard Hobbs (Curator, British Museum), Stephanie Palmer (Mildenhall Museum Chairman), Helen Mark (Presenter), Sydney Holder (grandson of Syd Ford, co-finder of the Mildenhall Treasure)

BBC visits Mildenhall Museum

On Tuesday January 10th Mildenhall Museum welcomed Radio 4’s ‘Open Country’  [click here for link] presenter Helen Mark and producer Toby Field. They were in the area to record a new edition of the popular programme and had arranged to make a segment of it in the museum.

Accompanying Helen and Toby were Richard Hobbs, Weston Curator of Roman Britain at the British Museum, and Mr & Mrs Sydney Holder.

Helen taped her interviews in front of the museum’s replicas of the Mildenhall Treasure.  Richard spoke about the Treasure in its Roman context, while Mr Holder recalled his childhood memories of the hoard. (His grandfather, West Row Agricultural Engineer Sydney Ford was one of the Treasure’s finders.)

Also interviewed was Museum Chairman, Stephanie Palmer, who talked about the Treasure’s significance to Mildenhall Museum and the local community.

The Museum’s volunteers were very much taken with Helen’s friendliness and  impressed by the BBC’s relaxed professionalism. If they can find something else in the collections as the basis for a programme, we would willingly have them back!

The programme was broadcast on Thursday February 2nd 2017 at 15.02 on Radio 4 with a repeat on the following Saturday at 6.02 am.

If you missed it, you can catch up on BBC i-player [click here for link].

By coincidence, at lunchtime the same day about 300 people attended a lecture at the British Museum’s BP Lecture Theatre, given by Richard Hobbs.

Entitled ‘The Mildenhall: fine dining in Roman Britain’, the lecture followed the recent publication of Richard’s important new book “The Mildenhall Treasure: Late Roman Silver Plate from East Anglia”,  in which he presents his latest research into the Mildenhall Treasure and its place in the wider late-Roman world.

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