The British Museum and the Future of UK Numismatics

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October 6, 2011 – This book covers the history and methodology of the discipline of numismatics as a whole, as well as for the specifics of the institution whose anniversary is celebrated. It is focussed on the future – but the future would not be possible without building on the achievements of the past 150 years.

Barry Cook, Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coins in the British Museum, is the editor of the proceedings of a conference held to mark the 150th anniversary of the British Museum’s Department of Coins and Medals in 2011. The publication spells out ways forward for numismatic activity and the roles UK museums may play in developing the discipline in the 21st century.

Barrie Cook (ed.), The British Museum and the Future of UK Numismatics, British Museum Research Publication No. 183. British Museum Press, 100 pages, 40 plates, 10 diagrams and tables. ISBN 978-0861591831. Paperback. GBP 15.

* Foreword, Barrie Cook, Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coins, British Museum
* The British Museum and Numismatics Past and Present, Andrew Burnett, Deputy Director, British Museum
* The British Museum and the UK Numismatic Community: Past Experience and Future Possibilities, Nick Mayhew, Deputy Director, Ashmolean Museum
* The International Numismatic Community and the Role of the British Museum: Past, Present and Future, Christel Schollaardt, Manager of Collections and Research, Geldmuseum, Utrecht, and President of ICOMON
* Coins in Context: Archaeology, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure, Richard Kelleher, Editor of Money and Medals Newsletter, and Ian Leins, Curator of Iron Age and Roman Coins, British Museum
* Money Laundering: The Conservation of Coins and Coin Hoards at the British Museum, Ellen van Bork, Metals Conservator, Rijksmuseum and freelance teacher, University of Amsterdam
* The Application of Science to Coins and Coin Hoards at the British Museum, Duncan Hook, Senior Scientist, British Museum
* Building the Collections: Past, Present and Future, Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval Coins, British Museum
* New Histories of Central and South Asia: the Role of Numismatics, Robert Bracey, Project Curator Kushan Coins, British Museum
* Alexander, Apelles and Lysippus in the Renaissance: Coins, Medals and Pictures, Luke Syson, Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500 and Head of Research, National Gallery
* Money in Africa: New Historical and Anthropological Approaches, Maxim Bolt, Researcher: Money in Africa project, Catherine Eagleton, Curator of Modern Money, and Leigh Gardner, Researcher: Money in Africa project, British Museum
* Money for the Masses: Coins, Museums and the Public, John Orna-Ornstein, Head of London and National Programmes, British Museum
* Collections Online at the British Museum. Eleanor Ghey, Documentation Assistant and Project Curator, Roman Coins, British Museum
* Distributing the Wealth: Digital Knowledge Transfer for Numismatics, Daniel Pett, ICT Advisor, Portable Antiquities and Treasure, British Museum
* The British Museum and Numismatics: the Future, Philip Attwood, Keeper of Coins and Medals, British Museum

The book can be purchased directly online in the British Museum shop.

Otherwise you may contact Oxbow Books.

To visit the site of the British Museum, please click here.

To read CoinsWeekly’s report on the conference, please click here.