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A Visit to Minety CE Primary School

February 2019

We had a fantastic visit to Minety CE Primary School were several volunteers spent the day with the students.  We had a lot of fun with each class discussing all aspects of Romans and coins – from the geography of the Roman Empire, to the value of coins, and we even had a go at learning Roman numerals.  We really appreciate all the help and support from the teachers, especially headteacher Mrs Greaves, that helped make it so special.


 

Recording and identification

January 2019

The work doesn’t stop with the cleaning of the coins.  The volunteers regularly immerse themselves in the fun of recording, photographing, and identifying the coins.


 

Conserved coins

December 2018

Wiltshire Conservation Services have been hard at work cleaning and conserving the coins – a very intricate and time consuming process.  But one that is yielding terrific results, both for the appearance of the coins and for their preservation and protection from corrosive elements.  Here is one coin with photos side by side of the obverse (front) of the coin and reverse of the coin both before and after conservation.


 

A trip to Salisbury Museum

November 2018

Volunteers took a road trip to Salisbury Museum to see the British Museum travelling display Hoards: A History of Ancient Britain.  This amazing exhibition covers all kinds of hoards – from coin hoards to axe hoards, from Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman hoards to even more recent hoards.   It gave the team an inspirational view of hoard displays and a wealth of information about hoarding in Britain.


 

A Roman Coin Hoard

October 2018

The informational exhibit and panel about the coin hoard in the museum has been refreshed.   Stop by to have a look at the small hoard of 30 Roman coins found in the same area some years previously and now moved to a more visible location.  These coins weren’t fortunate enough to be in a pot and you can see damage caused by time and the plough.


 

Metal Detecting Afternoon

September 2018

A group of volunteers were able to spend an afternoon out in the sun having a try at metal-detecting with our experienced teacher.  The experience gave us a real feel for how much patience it takes to find an artefact.  We were very excited to find a 100 year old penny or a buckle even if they were planted :)    Thanks mimzy!


 

Conservation Live!

August 2018

It was fantastic to have a professional conservator from Wiltshire Conservation Labs Chippenham in the museum last Thursday and Friday working on our Roman coins and speaking to visitors about how the coins are conserved.  They also brought along some x-rays of the coins to view.   There was also added fun of the x-ray game run by one of our volunteers!   It was great to see so many people come by.


 

Open Day at Strawberry Fayre

July 2018

The Malmesbury Coin Hoard had a day out at the 31st annual Strawberry Fayre in Crudwell on Saturday the 14th – well about 60 of them.  Hundreds of people stopped by to see the Roman coins on a beautiful hot sunny day!  Volunteers had fun talking to the public about the coins and what they were doing on the project.  A good idea of how much work goes into conserving was seen by comparing the conserved coins vs the coins which are not conserved. As a bonus we got to have delicious strawberries and cream at the end of the day :)


 

Open Day at Strawberry Fayre

On Saturday, 14th of July we’ll be holding an open day at the Strawberry Fayre in Crudwell from 10am to 4pm.  This is a wonderful chance to see some of the coins, including ones that have been conserved, and to learn more about the hoard.