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.
a press release here
Coins from the Beau street hoard