Archaeological Numismatist

Category: Lectures, talks, and conferences

BNS/RNS conference 2021: registration now open!

On 10 July 2021 the British Numismatic Society and Royal Numismatic Society will host their annual joint conference, to be held in person at the Ashmolean Museum and online via Zoom. This year’s conference tackles an appropriate theme on the fiftieth anniversary of UK decimalisation: the reform of currency systems, past and present.

There’s an impressively broad range of papers, covering coin reforms from antiquity to the present day. I’ll be speaking in the afternoon session about the reform that killed the medieval English currency: the Tudor Great Debasement. The talk will include new insights from projects that I’m currently working  on, including a synthesis of Tudor coin hoards from England and Wales, and of course the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles volume on Chris Comber’s magnificent collection of Tudor coins.

‘Old Coppernose’: silver coinage during the Tudor Great Debasement
(Image: © The Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY 2.0)

Registration is now open, with in-person tickets costing £30 and online tickets costing £10. If you’re a student, online tickets are free! So why not book today – just follow the instructions on the Eventbrite page.

Coins and slavery in Worcestershire: register now!

In recent months I’ve been working with Museums Worcestershire to unlock the hidden histories of empire and slavery that lie within their numismatic collections. On 11 May I’m giving a bite-size online talk on this topic, highlighting some of the fascinating stories and objects that we’ve uncovered during the project.

Nathaniel Buck’s Prospect of the City of Worcester, 1732 (public domain via British Library)

Registration is free, so why not come along? To book your place, follow the links on the Museums Worcestershire website!

Coin hoarding in medieval Europe: new video!

As part of Coin Collecting Magazine’s virtual Festival of Coins (September to October 2020), I recently made a short video exploring the reasons behind the assembly and deposition of coin hoards in the middle ages. It’s now available online in full, so if you’ve got some time to spare, why not check it out? Click this link to view.

coin hoard
Coin hoard from Ryther (North Yorkshire), c. 1487 (Image courtesy of York Museums Trust :: :: CC BY-SA 4.0)

Festival participants can also now claim an exclusive 30% discount on my book, Coin hoarding in medieval England and Wales, c.973-1544, courtesy of the good folks at BAR Publishing. To find out more about this offer, click here.

‘Hoarding and deposition in Europe from later prehistory to the medieval period – finds in context’

Back in June I had the pleasure of speaking at the joint meeting of the Later Prehistoric Finds Group, Roman Finds Group, Finds Research Group, and Instrumentum, held at King’s College London. My paper, ‘Picking and choosing? Selection, retention, and value in medieval English and Welsh coin hoards, c.973-1544’, discussed the different considerations – economic, symbolic, emotional, and mnemonic – that influenced medieval hoarding practices, topics that are all addressed in my forthcoming book, Coin hoarding in medieval England and Wales, c.973-1544: Behaviours, motivations, and mentalités. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference, and found it an excellent opportunity to discuss research across traditional period boundaries, and to emphasise the importance of coins as evidence for our medieval past. Rob Webley has written an excellent review of the conference in the Autumn 2019 edition of the Finds Research Group newsletter – featuring a picture of yours truly!

My name in print: October 2019 edition!

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