Council wins lottery in bid for Roman coins!
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given its
initial support to Bath & North East Somerset Council to help
it develop a range of activities around one of the largest hoards
of Roman coins ever found in a Roman town.
Subject to a second successful funding bid to
the HLF in 2013, the Council intends to develop a programme of 26
learning and community activities centred on the Beau Street Hoard
– a collection of around 22,000 Roman coins dating back to
Bath & North East Somerset Council hopes
this initial support, which includes a £50,000 development grant,
will lead on to a successful second round application next
summer, which could see a further £480,000 contribution from HLF to
help acquire, conserve and display the hoard.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-Dem, Combe Down),
Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “If our 2013
application is successful, this grant would help Bath & North
East Somerset Council to do more than simply display this
magnificent hoard. We hope to be able to help people enjoy their
cultural heritage and increase local learning opportunities right
across Bath and North East Somerset.”
Current plans include the preparation of a
South West roadshow in which a mobile display would tour towns and
villages across Bath and North East Somerset, and making
applications to other bodies for grants to help pay for the hoard.
The final HLF grant would enable the tour to happen and help the
Council to display the hoard in the Roman Baths.
Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery
Fund South West, said: “The Beau Street Hoard is a wonderful
discovery. It has the potential to develop our understanding
of one of the most fascinating periods in the history of Bath. We
at the Heritage Lottery Fund are delighted to be giving our initial
support for these plans to save the collection and ensure that the
coins will be held locally so that they can be enjoyed by people
from across the community, as well as visitors from further
When the hoard was reported in the Bath
Chronicle last year, news quickly spread around the world and
reports appeared in news channels as far away as Russia, India and
the Americas. The Roman Baths website (http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/)
recorded its greatest ever number of hits.
Communities Minister and MP for Bath, Don
Foster MP, said: “Earlier this year I was lucky enough to see the
amazing Bath hoard while conservation work was taking place at the
British Museum. It was simply staggering to hold a handful of these
coins and know that they were nearly 2,000 years old!
“It would be absolutely fantastic to have the
hoard come home to Bath and I fully support Bath & North East
Somerset Council’s application to display these magnificent coins
on a permanent basis.”
The Council’s application has also been backed
by The Abbey Resident’s Association, in whose area the hoard was
found, and other project partners including Bath Spa University,
The British Museum and The Roman Society. There will be a temporary
display of some coins from the hoard in the Pump Room in
For more information about Bath & North
East Somerset Council’s Roman Baths visit http://www.romanbaths.co.uk%3chttp/www.romanbaths.co.uk
or call 01225 477774.
Notes to Editors
- A first-round pass/initial support means the project meets the
HLF’s criteria for funding and the HLF believes it has potential to
deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The
application was in competition with other supportable projects, so
a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals. On
occasion, projects are awarded a development grant to help plans
- Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage
for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and
enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology,
natural environment and cultural traditions, the HLF invests in
every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over
30,000 projects, allocating £4.9billion across the UK.
Beau street coins from the hoard