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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.

 

 

Recording and Packaging

August 2017

Volunteers enjoy a lot of time recording, identifying, packaging and photographing the coins.  It’s a rare chance to hold an ancient Roman coin and see it up close.


 

Cataloguing and Condition Training

July 2017

Volunteers attended an HLF sponsored course in Malmesbury on a warm day this July to learn all about museum-standard cataloguing and documentation for coins, followed by expert tuition in condition surveying the coins. The day wrapped up with practical examples, and the attendees are ready to start their work on the conserved coins and pass on their learning to other volunteers.


 

Portable Antiquities Celebration

June 2017

The Portable Antiquities scheme is celebrating 20 years of Treasure this year, and Athelstan Museum is highlighting some of the objects found and recorded by the scheme that the museum has been able to acquire. The Malmesbury Coin Hoard was originally reported under the scheme and it is only through it that the museum has been able to acquire the hoard.


 

Conservation Lab trip

May 2017

Members of the Hankerton History group are volunteers with the Malmesbury Coin Hoard project, and they held an evening talk and display from the metal detectorist who found the hoard.  In addition to describing how he found the coins, Tony gave an overview of his metal detecting finds, many of which he brought along to the talk.


 

Marc Allum Successful Fund Raising Event

April 2017

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.


 

Hankerton History Group talk

March 2017

Members of the Hankerton History group are volunteers with the Malmesbury Coin Hoard project, and they held an evening talk and display from the metal detectorist who found the hoard.  In addition to describing how he found the coins, Tony gave an overview of his metal detecting finds, many of which he brought along to the talk.


 

Conservation Begins

February 2017

Volunteers have been busy packaging coins over the last few months and the first batch of 284 have been sent to the conservation labs in Chippenham. The coins were originally packed in groups in bags by the British Museum but needed to be separated out. Every coin is given it’s own unique number, photographed, recorded, and packaged into its own individual envelope.

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!