Boughton Malherbe Experiments Video / presentation

Captivating Ingots

Lunatraktors have created this evocative and atmospheric musical video inspired by an ingot and a mine.

Featuring a complete bun-shaped copper ingot from the Boughton Malherbe hoard; music and voice recorded in the Great Orme Mine and sounds from our bronze casting workshop with Neil Burridge and Dana Goodburn-Brown.

Boughton Malherbe Experiments

Casting, creating, contemplating in copper alloy

Bronze Casting Workshops with Neil Burridge, part of our investigations into the Boughton Malherbe Bronze Age hoard

Night casting

With sincere thanks to Neil Burridge for sharing his skills & knowledge, DGB Conservation for generously hosting & providing the workshop space, The William and Edith Oldham Charitable Trust for kindly funding our research and all who took part including North Downs Young Archaeologist’s Club, Shorne Woods Archaeology Group, Lunatraktors, Dana Goodburn-Brown and Damian Goodburn.

Boughton Malherbe Video / presentation

Lunatraktors The Hoard transmission C: The Plaque

Inspired by the conserved, concentric ring-decorated plaque in the Boughton Malherbe Late Bronze Age hoard from Maidstone Museum, Kent, UK.

Havering Hoard Video / presentation

‘The Havering hoard: a late Bronze Age find. Baffling experts or bolstering opinions?’

Recording now available of my talk on the Havering Hoard for the Combined Hertfordshire Archaeological Societies, sponsored by The Prehistoric Society

Boughton Malherbe Live Talk Video / presentation

Making and Waking a Bronze Age Hoard | Maidstone Museum

We’re back and ready to share some fabulous images of beautifully conserved finds from the Boughton Malherbe hoard, and some surprises too. Check out our first creative transmission by Lunatraktors (above) and attend our live online talk for Maidstone Museum Lates Thursday 27th May 6:30pm:-

“Following on from the brilliant talk ‘Past, Present & Future of a Bronze Age Hoard’, presented by Sophia Adams in January, join us for an update on the conservation and research of the Boughton Malherbe hoard. What goes into a hoard and what evidence do we have for making? Packed with new information about one of the largest hoards ever found in Britain, this talk promises to deliver fresh insights!  Hear how the project is bringing the hoard to life through conservation, research and art.

Sophia will answer your questions after her talk.

Voluntary donations are very welcome and will help the museum to continue to hold informative and engaging events such as this.”

Source: Making and Waking a Bronze Age Hoard | Maidstone Museum


The Havering Hoard

I have measured, weighed, examined and recorded all 453 items in the Late Bronze Age Havering Hoard. Now you can hear the highlights of these endeavours in a free talk sponsored by The Prehistoric Society and The Combined Hertfordshire Archaeological Societies. Register for this event via Eventbrite.

Boughton Malherbe Conservation Video / presentation

Past, Present and Future of the Boughton Malherbe hoard

Now available online: recording of Sophia Adams’ talk on the Boughton Malherbe hoard. Hosted by Maidstone Museum on 28th January 2021.

This presentation gives the background of the hoard discovery, it’s contents and local context; followed by details of the current conservation work & new research.

Boughton Malherbe Conservation

Festive Wishes

Christmas: ghosts, past & present*

Wishing you a bright & shiny future in 2021

A) x-rays of axes from the Boughton Malherbe hoard 

B) the axes pre-conservation

C) the conserved axes

Image © Sophia Adams.

with thanks to 

  • The William and Edith Oldham Trust
  • Maidstone Museum
  • Dana Goodburn-Brown & Marie Le Saux (Conservation)
  • James Elliot, Diagnostic Radiography, Canterbury Christ Church University (X-rays)
  • *Charles Dickens (The Christmas Carol)!
Boughton Malherbe Conservation Live Talk

Past, Present & Future of a Bronze Age hoard

Free online talk 28th January 6:30pm UK – Hosted by Maidstone Museum


Past, Present and Future of a Bronze Age hoard: 
conservation and research in action
An illustrated, online talk by Sophia Adams about the massive Late Bronze Age hoard from Boughton Malherbe; an international story in a local setting. Sophia will describe the history of this 64kg of metal objects; the present day work on cleaning and researching the objects; and future plans for the display and preservation of the hoard. The project is led by Dr Sophia Adams and funded by The William and Edith Oldham Charitable Trust. Conservation work is being undertaken by Dana Goodburn Brown with support from Maidstone Museum.

Boughton Malherbe Conservation

Festive Countdown

December is here, let us bring you some cheer…

with a hoard related countdown to 25th December. Click on the link below to view a post each day about my latest project on the Boughton Malherbe Bronze Age hoard.

Whether you are counting down the days to Christmas or looking for a distraction during these dark winter days, this fact filled calendar will give you plenty to think about.

Calendar image: view south from Boughton Malherbe Village