Thursday 28th September
13:30 – 17:00
All are welcome to Manchester Museum’s upcoming half-day workshop on Islamic and South Asian coins in the Collections Study Centre (3rd floor). This event is held in collaboration with the SSN for Islamic art and material culture and the Money and Medals Network.
The workshop will provide an introduction to the history and development of Islamic and South Asian coinage, as well as an overview of best practice for storage and display of coins and some insights into Manchester Museum’s recent research and cataloguing project with Islamic and South Asian coins (funded by the John Ellerman Foundation). The workshop is suitable for those who are completely new to this subject, as well as for numismatics curators who specialise in other disciplines, or Islamic art professionals who would like to learn more about coins.
Afternoon refreshments are provided. The workshop is free to attend, and bursaries towards travel to attend are available by application to the SSN. For more information regarding bursaries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see the SSN’s website: http://krc.orient.ox.ac.uk/iamcssn/index.php/en/. Please email email@example.com and Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
13:30-14:15 – Jenny Norton-Wright, Manchester Museums Partnership: Welcome and introduction to the Ellerman project and Manchester Museum’s Islamic and South Asian coin collection.
14:15-15:00 – Henry Flynn, British Museum: Discussion of storage and display for coin collections.
15:00-15:15 – Break
15:15-16:00 – Vesta Curtis, British Museum: Introduction to Islamic coins
16:00-16:45 – Shailendra Bhandare, Ashmolean Museum: Introduction to South Asian coins
17:00 – Close
Research Participants Required
Have you got half an hour to help with a research project?
Anja Rohde at the University of Nottingham is investigating the coins of William the Conqueror and his successor William Rufus. She is looking at what the coins reveal about life in England at the time of the Norman Conquest, and at how museums can use their collections to tell those stories.
She needs people to read some of the stories and then fill in an online questionnaire to tell her what they thought.
Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 Amazon voucher.
To find out more about anja’s work visit:
A new creative teaching and learning resource commissioned by the Harris Museum’s Money Matters project and Curious Minds is now available for download from our blog.
James Arnold, History Curator at the Harris, introduces it:
“The resource is aimed at museum practitioners and teachers who want to find out more about the numismatic (coin and medal) collections in the North West and how to bring them to life to inspire pupil learning and engagement. The resource contains:
- An introduction to numismatic (coin and medal) collections and what they are
- Ideas for creative learning using numismatic collections
- Creative ideas and a curriculum map
- Arts Award using coins and medals
- In practice examples in the North West
- Links to other resources
In 2013 MDNW carried out a small consultation with museums. The results were clear – there was a huge willingness by museums to use their numismatic collections if they could, but holding them back was their lack of confidence in knowing what they had and how to use it. In recent years museum staff and volunteers have struggled with how to make collections relevant and accessible against a backdrop of ever diminishing resources and expert knowledge leaving the sector. Yet the mapping work undertaken by the Money & Medals Network has shown the large number of numismatic collections held by the region’s museums, some of them being part of the founding collections of museums with their roots in the 19th century.
The Harris Museum has a nationally important 12,500 item strong numismatic collection which was formerly underused. The Money Matters Project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation started in 2014 has transformed how this fantastic collection is used. As well as repacking and cataloguing the collection, the project has allowed the Harris to network with other museums and share expertise. The project draws to a close this year and this new teaching and learning resource will act as one of its many legacies and provide a link between museums and those who would like to know more about how to use their collections creatively.”
Download a copy from here or from the publications tab on our blog.
Image: Silver penny minted for Edward I, 1282-83, HMAG
Due to popular demand, on 4 February 2016 at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, MDNW are hosting one final numismatic workshop focusing on the topic of medieval coinage. The event, led by Carl Savage Bsc MA FSA Scot PCIfA, will include an introduction to medieval English coinage from 1158-1544 and will teach you how to do basic identifications.
The day will include the following topics:
- A brief summary of the history and development of the English coinage during the medieval period
- Basic introduction to medieval coins
– Basic layout
– How to measure the die axis
– Crown styles
There will also be a more detailed look at the classifications and identification features of various short cross and long cross coinage of the medieval period. A handling collection will be provided of issues where possible.
Places are limited to 15. To book a place please see here
Monday 9th November
Run by Museum Development Yorkshire this workshop will provide an introduction to Roman coinage in museums. The workshop is aimed at curators, volunteers or archaeologists who work with Roman coinage or are planning to do so. Prior experience is not required as the session will provide a basic background.
The workshop will be hands-on with participants working with coins from York Museums Trust’s collection. The session will cover:
Lunch is not included. The event is organised in partnership with York Museums Trust and is open to museums in the North West. Download the PDF flyer for more information.
To book a place please contact Lucy Creighton: 0114 278 2626,
Since 2013 Museum Development North West, in partnership with the Money & Medals Network, has been providing training and support to museums with numismatic collections. The next stage of our work is to carry out collections reviews with four museums to help bring underused numismatic collections back into use. We are now inviting applications from interested museums.
We will be appointing a numismatic specialist to undertake the reviews. They will spend time with the collections to identify key objects, strengths and weaknesses of the collection, and work with non-specialists within the museum to increase their knowledge and understanding of the collections. The consultant will suggest priorities and ideas for use, whether through exhibitions, learning, outreach etc., improvements to the care and management of the collections, and collections development. As a result of these reviews, the participating museums will begin work towards delivering increased public use and access to the collections from 2016 onwards.
- Accredited museums or those working towards Accreditation (NPOs and Major Partner Museums are ineligible). Preference will go to smaller to medium sized museums where the numismatic collection hasn’t been used for a number of years (however, we don’t want to discourage museums that are trying to use their own collection under their own steam so don’t be put off from applying if you’re already using your collection)
- No numismatic specialism on staff
- Commitment of three or four days for staff and/or volunteers to spend time with the numismatist
- Museum commitment from the outset to produce a public outcome from the work – e.g. small temporary/permanent exhibition, schools resource, handling collection, event or programme of events
The selected museums will work with MDNW to identify possible sources of funding for the public outcome for the work.
How to apply
There is no application form. Please submit no more than 4 pages of A4 outlining:
- Your museum
- Brief description of your numismatic collection (including what you do and don’t know about it)
- How much it currently is or isn’t used
- Any plans you may have for the collection
- Aspects of collection you’d like to focus on in particular – this could be a particular type of coin, medals or tokens, with approximate numbers
- What you hope to gain from a collections review
- The name(s) of the staff and/or volunteer(s) involved at the museum who will be working with the numismatist
- A commitment to give time to the review, and to use the review for a public outcome – we would expect to see this commitment given from a senior manager
Once the museums have been selected and the numismatist appointed, the working relationship will be agreed between each museum and the specialist regarding when and how each review will be carried out. The review work will be carried out in autumn/winter 2015-16.
Documentation will be produced for each site and will demonstrate findings, suggestions for outcomes that are achievable and realistic, including future resources likely to be needed. The programme may highlight some partnerships, joint working or other ways in which the museum can collaborate to make the most of their numismatic collections to create an improved offer for visitors.
For further information or to submit an application please email Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer, at email@example.com. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 16th October 2015.
Museum Development North West is managed by the Manchester Partnership and Cumbria Museum Consortium. The funding for the programme comes from Arts Council England’s (ACE) Museum Development funding 2015-18.
The areas of MDNW’s work are based around ACE’s five goals as set out in their ten-year strategic plan ‘Great Art and Culture for Everyone’ – www.artscouncil.org.uk:
- Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries
- Everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries
- The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable
- The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled
- Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries
The purpose of this brief is to encourage proposals for a review of numismatic collections to support the display and use of underused numismatic collections in regional museums (ACE Goal 1). Four museums with numismatic collections but without a specialist post on staff will be selected for a review.
The aim of the programme is to help bring underused numismatic collections back into use by enabling a specialist to spend time with the collections, identifying key objects, strengths and weaknesses of the collection, working with non-specialists within the museum to increase their knowledge and understanding of the collections. The consultant will suggest priorities and ideas for use, whether through exhibitions, learning, outreach etc, improvements to the care and management of the collections, and collections development. As a result of these reviews, the participating museums will begin work towards delivering increased public use and access to the collections from 2016 onwards.
It is envisaged that the programme will be delivered through individual site visits and feedback sessions with the museums. Some of the key issues to be addressed may include:
- Identifying key important and significant objects, and key collectors
- Identifying strengths and weaknesses of the collection
- Assessment of the overall condition of the collection, identifying key objects requiring immediate attention, with a plan for the improved care of the overall collection
- Improvements to the documentation and record-keeping of the collection, including effective use of images
- Working with museum staff and volunteers to increase their knowledge, understanding and confidence in using the collections
- Identifying areas or stories which could inspire activities. These could include:
- Exhibitions (temporary or permanent)
- Supporting the National Curriculum
- Work with community or special interest groups
- Programme of events
- Online resources etc
Documentation will be produced for each site and should demonstrate findings, suggestions for outcomes that are achievable and realistic, including in terms of future resources likely to be needed. The programme may highlight some partnerships, joint working or other ways in which the museum can collaborate to make the most of their numismatic collections to create an improved offer for visitors.
The consultant is to deliver the following objectives and outcomes:
- Recognition of the significance and strengths of the numismatic collections
- Support the development of the museum’s plans for the collection and identify the priorities
- Give the museums the knowledge and tools to care for and use numismatic collections
- Production of a prioritised report for each museum that gives them the information they need to take initiatives forward
Budget and timescales:
The budget for the study is £5,000 including VAT and expenses incurred by the consultant. It is envisaged that the study will commence in late October-November 2015 and will be completed by 31st March 2016.
The detailed timescale for undertaking each review will be agreed by the consultant and individual museums.
Please submit a proposal by 5pm Friday 16th October 2015 of no more than 4 sides A4 outlining relevant experience and how you would deliver the project. This should be supported by a quotation (including stated daily rate) and your CV.
For more information or to submit your proposal please email: Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 29th April, 9.45am-4pm
Preston Town Hall
MDNW, in partnership with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, is running a practical workshop on how to get the most out of orphaned numismatic collections. The day will be led by Matthew Ball, Project Curator of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery’s “Money Matters” project. Other speakers include:
- Vanessa Oakden (Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer) – identifying Roman coins
- Students from Lancaster University – numismatics from the First World War
- Tom Hockenhull (Project Curator, Modern Money, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum) - British tokens
- Henry Flynn (Project Curator, Money and Medals Network, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum) – an introduction to storage and documentation
To book a place visit our eventbrite page
Knowsley Hall, Prescot, Merseyside
Tuesday 4th November 2014, 10.30am-3.30pm
Where do you start when you find a collection of coins you didn’t know you had but you don’t have a numismatist on staff? Join us to find out what happened when staff at Knowsley Hall found hundreds of Roman coins hidden amongst the family papers. Dr Stephen Lloyd, Curator of the Derby Collection, and experts from Ormskirk and West Lancashire Numismatics Society, will talk through their discoveries, the issues they encountered with establishing provenance, researching, cataloguing and storing them, and the practical solutions they found. Henry Flynn, Project Curator for the Money and Medals Network, will also talk about cataloguing, researching and storing smaller coin collections.
To book a place please visit our eventbrite page
Friday 27th June 2014
10am – 3.30pm
MDNW and the North West numismatics network are holding a training day on 27th June at Manchester Museum. The morning session will look at paranumismatica collections (items relating to coins or used as currency e.g. tokens, jetons, gaming counters, tallies) and will also hear about the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s new project, “The PASt Explorers: finds recording in the local community”
The afternoon session is your chance to ask Keith Sugden, curator of numismatics at Manchester Museum, anything that you’ve always been meaning to ask him about numismatics. Keith retires in July, so this is your last chance! Whether it’s a mysterious identification from your own collection, a general question, Greek, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking or medieval, now’s the time to ask. Please email questions in advance to Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer at email@example.com.
To book a place visit our eventbrite page.
For more info contact Alex Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org