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!



This coin was minted in Lyon, France and weighs 4.39 grams. It shows the Emperor Constantine on the front of the coin (the obverse) and a figure of a god on the reverse.


This rather dark coin was minted in London and weighs 3.02 grams. You can clearly see that the coin was trimmed off-centre after being struck.


This unusual two-headed coin was minted in Trier, Germany and weighs 4.64 grams. While the emperor is clearly on the obverse, the reverse also unusually shows a head.


This coin, now covered in dirt, was minted in Trier, Germany. The popular sun god Solis is on the reverse.

Marc Allum Antiques Evening

25 April 2017 – Marc Allum from BBC Antiques Roadshow

BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum will give an entertaining and informative talk about the world of art and antiques at the Town Hall in Malmesbury.  Marc will bring along some of his personal collection to share with us, and you are invited to bring along your own items for Marc to look over. So have a search around the house for that object you always wanted to know more about. (Please note that Marc will not be valuing objects).

Tickets from the museum are only £10 (including a glass of wine).

This will be a popular fund-raising event for the Malmesbury Coin Hoard project so buy your tickets early.