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Exhibit: A Life of Metal Detecting

On now at Athelstan Museum is a free HLF sponsored fexhibit:

A Life of Metal Detecting

This exhibit was curated by the Malmesbury Coin Hoard metal detectorist Tony Mimms and contains a fascinating selection of finds Tony has collected from the local area and during his many years of metal detecting.



Malmesbury Metal Detecting

Thursday 15th March at 7:30pm – Malmesbury Town Hall – FREE

An HLF sponsored free talk following the Malmesbury History Society AGM.

The Malmesbury Coin Hoard metal detectorist Tony Mimms will talk about detecting around Malmesbury including a special focus on finding the Malmesbury Coin Hoard.


Romans – a free talk by Neil Holbrook

Thursday 16th November at 7:30pm

Neil Holbrook, CEO of Cotswold Archaeology will give a free talk sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund in support of the Malmesbury Coin Hoard project.  Don’t miss this fascinating overview of Romans in our area.



Marc Allum Successful Fund Raising Event

Marc Allum hosted an entertaining an enlightening evening on Arts & Antiques in support of the Malmesbury Coin Hoard at the end of April.  The guests at Malmesbury Town Hall were treated to Marc’s expert commentary on a number of objects they brought in. The experience and enthusiasm that he brings to the BBC Antiques Roadshow was much in evidence. From a butcher’s bell in the shape of a pig to a simple nostalgic hat-stretcher Marc’s choices showed his wide-ranging knowledge and passion for collecting.  It was a very successful fundraising event.


Conservation Begins

The first group of coins have been packaged and photographed by the volunteers, and taken to Wiltshire Conservation Services in April to begin their conservation.  That’s 284 coins.

The pot fragments have also begun their journey to being restored.  You can see in the photo above that the pot was broken into several pieces.   It looks like the rim of the pot is missing, possibly removed by ploughing.  It must have been deep ploughing as the hoard was buried about 2 feet down!