The Staffordshire Hoard<br />Daniel Pett<br />dpett@britishmuseum.org<br />
Nothing could have prepared me {…} I saw boxes full of gold, items exhibiting the very finest Anglo-Saxon workmanship. – D...
The Hoard<br />
......for one warrior stripped the other, looted Ongentheow's iron mail-coat, his hard sword-hilt, his helmet too, and car...
£3,285,000<br />Split 50:50 between landowner and finder (after being declared Treasure, and a Midlands Museum was identif...
£50 - £100<br />Split 50:50 between landowner and finder (after being declared Treasure, and an acquiring museum is found)...
Web development<br />1 week before inquest<br />Very loose brief provided by Staffs CC<br />Black!!<br />White writing<br ...
“A flexible, elegant and easy-to-use CMS” <br />www.textpattern.com<br />Opensource!<br />
Textpattern in the wild (Heritage)<br />Thames Discovery<br />Palestine Exploration Fund<br />Prescot Street Dig<br />
Simple interfaces<br />
Combined these<br />
Flickrapi leveraged<br />
Village game<br />
Initial impact<br />2000 conn/per sec to server on launch day<br />Never went offline<br />Only experienced slow performan...
Flickr daily views @ launch<br />* As far as I am aware, this doesn’t include API views, of which the website made use and...
Referrers and search [flickr]<br />Always get lots of searches for our female Time Team staff<br />Very few people clicked...
Flickr stats<br />Processed from - http://stats.vispillo.org<br />
Shallow surface find<br />
New images captured<br />
Kevin Leahy at work<br />
Unpacked vs packed<br />
Fred Johnson in his new suit<br />
Misleading press<br />Never any suggestion BM would acquire<br />Stated from the start we would only step in as last resor...
Front page feature bbc.co.uk<br />The BBC broke the embargo, and revealed the findspot! The site was sanitised by launch d...
Daily Telegraph: 25th September 2009<br />
www.finds.org.uk<br />All hoard details will go on here. Each record will have:<br /><ul><li>full description
photograph(s)
geospatial attributes
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The Staffordshire Hoard was uncovered in July 2009 and was launched publicly on the 24th September with a hastily assembled website. This paper tells the story.

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  1. 1. The Staffordshire Hoard<br />Daniel Pett<br />dpett@britishmuseum.org<br />
  2. 2. Nothing could have prepared me {…} I saw boxes full of gold, items exhibiting the very finest Anglo-Saxon workmanship. – Duncan Slarke<br />
  3. 3. The Hoard<br />
  4. 4. ......for one warrior stripped the other, looted Ongentheow's iron mail-coat, his hard sword-hilt, his helmet too, and carried graith to King Hygelac; he accepted the prize, promised fairly that reward would come, and kept his word. .... they let the ground keep that ancestral treasure, gold under gravel, gone to earth, as useless to men now as it ever was. ~ Beowulf (Heaney)<br />
  5. 5. £3,285,000<br />Split 50:50 between landowner and finder (after being declared Treasure, and a Midlands Museum was identified as acquirer) <br />
  6. 6. £50 - £100<br />Split 50:50 between landowner and finder (after being declared Treasure, and an acquiring museum is found)<br />Normally, Treasure comes in at around<br />
  7. 7. Web development<br />1 week before inquest<br />Very loose brief provided by Staffs CC<br />Black!!<br />White writing<br />Set of photos provided from Dan Buxton & Dave Rowan<br />Everything to be released under CC-NC-SA<br />Cost £0<br />Built in 12 hours with help from Kate Kelland<br />Images to be offloaded onto flickr for resilience<br />Hosted on our new servers<br />Built with customised textpattern (PHP) CMS<br />
  8. 8. “A flexible, elegant and easy-to-use CMS” <br />www.textpattern.com<br />Opensource!<br />
  9. 9. Textpattern in the wild (Heritage)<br />Thames Discovery<br />Palestine Exploration Fund<br />Prescot Street Dig<br />
  10. 10. Simple interfaces<br />
  11. 11. Combined these<br />
  12. 12.
  13. 13.
  14. 14. Flickrapi leveraged<br />
  15. 15. Village game<br />
  16. 16. Initial impact<br />2000 conn/per sec to server on launch day<br />Never went offline<br />Only experienced slow performance<br />Content caching helped get the site through the initial onslaught<br />¼ million visitors in 3 days<br />Launch<br />
  17. 17. Flickr daily views @ launch<br />* As far as I am aware, this doesn’t include API views, of which the website made use and I used elsewhere.<br />
  18. 18. Referrers and search [flickr]<br />Always get lots of searches for our female Time Team staff<br />Very few people clicked through from staffordshirehoard.org.uk – were they stuck in the silo there?<br />
  19. 19.
  20. 20. Flickr stats<br />Processed from - http://stats.vispillo.org<br />
  21. 21. Shallow surface find<br />
  22. 22. New images captured<br />
  23. 23. Kevin Leahy at work<br />
  24. 24.
  25. 25. Unpacked vs packed<br />
  26. 26.
  27. 27. Fred Johnson in his new suit<br />
  28. 28.
  29. 29.
  30. 30.
  31. 31.
  32. 32.
  33. 33.
  34. 34.
  35. 35.
  36. 36.
  37. 37. Misleading press<br />Never any suggestion BM would acquire<br />Stated from the start we would only step in as last resort<br />Out of c.800 cases we acquired 10 last year<br />
  38. 38. Front page feature bbc.co.uk<br />The BBC broke the embargo, and revealed the findspot! The site was sanitised by launch day.<br />
  39. 39.
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  42. 42. Daily Telegraph: 25th September 2009<br />
  43. 43. www.finds.org.uk<br />All hoard details will go on here. Each record will have:<br /><ul><li>full description
  44. 44. photograph(s)
  45. 45. geospatial attributes
  46. 46. multi level access
  47. 47. ability to study objects with comparanda</li></li></ul><li>A typical record<br />
  48. 48. The end.<br />www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk or www.finds.org.uk<br />Some new pictures behind the scenes pictures of the hoard were released yesterday: <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/finds/<br />CC-NC-SA licenced<br />

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