by Dr Catherine Eagleton
January 19, 2012 – The Money gallery at the British Museum opened 14 years ago, and was at the time an innovative way of displaying coins and medals. It represented a new way of thinking about the history of money, and changed how museums around the world told this global story.
Now, a new partnership between Citi and the British Museum means we are able to redisplay the gallery, make changes to the design and content of the displays, and take advantage of new knowledge and new ideas in museology and monetary history.
We will be building on the results of an evaluation of the current Money gallery that has been done over the past few years. This gives us some clear pointers for how it can be clarified and updated, and we have already started a program of consultation with key audiences to find out what they would like to see the new gallery containing, and what questions they have about money and its history.
The gallery will close to the public until June 2012 while the refurbishment takes place. An online blog documenting this can be found at http://blog.britishmuseum.org/category/collection/money-gallery/
Dr Catherine Eagleton is Curator of Modern Money at the British Museum and currently working on the redisplay of the Money gallery.
You will be astonished to see all the projects Dr Eagleton is carrying on. Look here.
courtesy of Money & Medals. The Newsletter for Numismatics in Britain 54, December 2011 where the article has been published originally.
More information on Money & Medals Network you may find on its website.