This unique hoard was excavated by archaeologists on the site of
the new Gainsborough Hotel in Beau Street, Bath in 2007 and is one
of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries to have been made
in Bath in recent times. The 17,577 silver Roman coins span the
period from 32BC – 274AD and were found in eight separate money
bags, which were fused together. Conservators at The British Museum
had to extract each individual coin in a delicate process which
they recorded in a fascinating time-lapse photographic record which
you can see on
the British Museum blog.
On 5 March 2014 B&NES Council was
awarded a grant of £372,500 from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to
purchase the hoard and from January 2015 it will be on permanent
public display in a new interactive exhibit within the Aquae
Sulis Gallery at The Roman Baths.
But you don’t have to wait until then to see
these extraordinary coins. Visit our Events Page to see what's
on. The Beau Street Hoard project includes an exciting
range of hands-on coin activities, designed to encourage people’s
understanding and interest in archaeology and local heritage.
Events include drop-in workshops with coin handling, mobile road
shows to locations across Bath and North East Somerset, new
educational resources for young visitors, long-term projects with
community partners and a range of public talks, presentations and
symposia. There is something to interest everyone, from the casual
visitor to the coin expert.
A selection of coins from the hoard is
displayed in our free, temporary display in the Sun Lounge, just
off the Pump Room in The Roman Baths.
If you run or belong to a community or local
history group and would like an illustrated talk on the hoard, with
an opportunity to handle coins, please contact us on 01225
Look out for Beau the
Hippo, flagging up events on the site.
Hoard press release
Beau Street Hoard on the
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Beau Street Hoard Roadshows
Find out how the hoard was discovered, look in
detail at some of the coins and make a replica coin to take
10.30am-3.30pm Bradford-on-Avon Library
8 November, 11.00 - 4pm and
illustrated talks at 11.30am and 2pm, Paulton
Beau Street Hoard
Find out about this amazing hoard of Roman
Coins in illustrated talks by members of the Roman Baths
team. If your group or society would like a talk please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
telephone 01225 477773.
Top of the pops - Part of Heritage
Monday 27 October to Friday 31 October
10am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm Make marvellous pop- ups using
characters from our amazing hoard of Roman coins.
Treasure - Part of Heritage Open
Tuesday 28 October 4pm - 7pm.
Treasure - unearthed! Come along to the Roman Baths torchlit
late opening to celebrate the Beau Street Hoard of Roman coins.
Explore romantic Roman couples on Roman coins and handle real
Roman silver coins!
Beau Street Hoard Symposium
Wed 22-Fri 24 April 2015
The Assembly Rooms and Roman Baths, Bath
Free 2 day symposium about the Beau Street Hoard, preceded by a
free lecture by Richard Abdy, Curator of Coins and Medals at the
Find information on accommodation in Bath
For help with booking and for information on student bursaries
please call 01225 477757.
Download The Beau
Street Hoard Symposium leaflet here
From Rome to Explorium - A poem written by
pupils from the Explorium Creative Learning Centre, Somerset.
Inside many pockets,
Touched by many hands.
This coin has travelled far and wide,
Over many lands.
I was formed in the Earth,
Dark and delicious.
A nugget of silver,
Shiny and precious.
Rinsed in the river
And dried in the sun.
Taken to the city,
My journey begun.
Melted by fire,
Moulded and shaped,
And then all of a sudden -
I have a face!
That's when my journey truly began,
Across an ocean with a massive span.
On my way to England I made lots of
Whilst cruising across the river Thames!
I was carried in a leather pouch
Amongst many others.
I wonder what's become
of my little silver brothers?
Given in payment to a Roman soldier
Who was later killed by a massive
I was stolen by a thief
And spent on beer and wine.
My life got quite exciting
for quite a long, long time!
I was dropped into a puddle.
I was picked up once again.
I was flipped and glinted in the sunshine,
I was soaked in pouring rain.
I saw wars and I saw battles.
There was peace and quiet as well.
I once lived in a farmer's field.
Once down a mine I fell.
I travel to Somerset in a large silver
and into the hand of a small girl named
She picks me up, only to cry,
‘It's amazing! I wonder, what did this
I belonged to a rich man,
who lived in Bath, a famous town.
He put me in a treasure chest.
Again I'm buried deep, deep underground.
In deep darkness tinkling.
A year, ten, hundreds, then thousands
Hidden underground. A treasure hoard.
Silence, dark silence, then
Scrape, scrape, scraping, and movements
A voice.'Look at this!', 'Wow! What a
On the move again as we're all taken up again,
into the light.
I am held in a hand, a real, warm hand
and then into a box with a tinkle I
I am cleaned, I am scrubbed, I am washed, I
To get placed in a new box's inside.
Matt and Liz brought us all of this way
And we ended up at Explorium today.
Our journey's been amazing, we've made front
Our path brought us to you. Our adventure