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Conservation Lab trip

May 2018

Volunteers and guests were treated to a private inside look at the Wiltshire Conservation Services labs in Chippenham. The labs have been cleaning the coins under the expert care of the conservators and they explained the process the coins are undergoing, as well as showing the group around the collections stored in the centre.


Metal Detecting exhibit

April 2018

The Malmesbury Coin Hoard metal detectorist has created a special exhibit of his finds collected from the local area over many years. The exhibit is complemented by a display on the Portable Antiquities Scheme.


Exhibit: A Life of Metal Detecting

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

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.



Coin Hoard and Metal Detecting talk

March 2018

A popular free talk accompanied the Malmesbury History Society AGM presented by the hoard’s found, Tony Mims. His in depth talk about his life in metal detecting included the story of the coins finding and his work as a volunteer on the project.


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.


Corinium Museum visit

January 2018

Volunteers got a chance to see another coin hoard this month, with a visit to the Corinium museum in Cirencester, where the Tetbury Coin Hoard is on display. The group was given a tour of the Roman areas in the museum before being treated to a hand-on session with many Roman objects held in the stores and not usually on display.


Christmas wrapping

December 2017

Packing and recording the coins continued in the approach to Christmas, but volunteers were treated to a small part with mince pies and tea for their efforts.


Neil Holbrook talks on Romans

November 2017

A packed room greated Neil Holbrook, CEO of Cotswold Archaeology, who gave a free talk sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund in Malmesbury Town Hall this month. Neil’s expertise and ability to communicate the fascinating period of Romans around Malmesbury and Cirencester captivated the audience.


Open day WSHC at Chippenham

October 2017

The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham held an annual open day where visitors from all over Wiltshire could get a behind the scenes view of what the centre does. Coins from the hoard were on display and everyone got a chance to talk about how they are processed. Other objects from other sites, such as swords and necklaces, were also available to view, making this a very popular day.