Beau Street Hoard

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 477773.

 

Look out for Beau the Hippo, flagging up events on the site.

 

Beau Street Hoard Events

 

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 home.

6 September, 10.30am-4pm Combe Hay Village Church

20 September, 11am-4pm Weston Super Mare Museum

27 September, 10am-4pm South Stoke Village Hall

4 October, 11am-3pm Priston Village Hall

18 October, 10.30am-3.30pm Bradford-on-Avon Library

 

Beau Street Hoard Talks                                                                

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 romanbaths_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 012225 477773. Talks to local groups coming soon are:

6 September, 11am and 3pm, Combe Hay Church

27 September, 11am and 2pm, South Stoke Village Hall

4 October, 11am and 2pm, Priston Village Hall

 

Children's Literature Festival

Sunday 5 October, 11am at the Roman Baths

Buried Treasure! Creative writing workshop for 8 – 12 years.

Join Janine Amos, author of Walking on Gold, in a workshop inspired by Bath’s Roman coin hoard. There’ll be coins to handle, props and activities to get you started, and step-by-step advice for writing an adventure of your own. Please bring paper and pens. Places are limited so please book early. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets £10 available from Bath Festivals 01225 463362 or online at bathfestivals.org.uk

 

Children's event

Top of the pops - Part of Heritage Open Week

Monday 27 October to Friday 31 October 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm Make marvellous pop- ups using characters from our amazing hoard of Roman coins.

 

Children's event

Treasure - Part of Heritage Open Week

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!

 

Read a press release here

 

Coins from the Beau street hoard

 

 

 

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