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Money and Medals: Mapping the UK's numismatic collections - new exhibition at the British Museum

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A new exhibition, sponsored by Spink, which showcases the work of the Money and Medals Network is on show at the British Museum in London until 30 September 2018.

The exhibition features loan objects from six participating institutions from all over the UK:

  • Armagh Robinson Library
  • Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
  • Knowsley Hall
  • The Magic Circle Museum
  • The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh
  • The Science Museum

The network has members from 150 museums, galleries, libraries and universities around the UK, and aims to make numismatics more accessible to the public.

Among the exhibition highlights are loan items from the Magic Circle, including including a Magic Money Machine and a boxed set of coin tricks; a selection of Roman coins found at Knowsley Hall in Cheshire; and objects belonging to Henry Hook VC from the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh.

Representing Network activity in Northern Ireland are loan objects from Armagh Robinson Library, an institution founded in 1771 by Archbishop Richard Robinson. Robinson collected coins and medals and a selection of his Roman coins and replica medals of Louis XIV will be included in the display. A varied range of numismatic objects borrowed from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery will also feature in the exhibition, representing local history collections and the Network's presence in Scotland.

Henry Flynn, exhibition curator at the British Museum, said: “The Money and Medals Network has been actively helping museums with numismatic collections since its creation in 2008. Activity has spread from England to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so it is now a truly national network. This exhibition celebrates this work as well as championing the subject of numismatics through the display of loan objects from six fantastically diverse collections. Numismatic objects may be small, but they can be used to tell big stories which is something this exhibition aims to demonstrate."

Exhibition details

Money and Medals is at the British Museum, room 69a and entry is free.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG; website.

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