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.
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
6 September, 10.30am-4pm
Combe Hay Village
11am-4pm Weston Super Mare Museum
27 September, 10am-4pm South
11am-3pm Priston Village Hall
10.30am-3.30pm Bradford-on-Avon Library
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 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
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
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!
Read a press release here