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. 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.