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Money and Medals Network Day Conference

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Money & Medals Network Day Conference 2018

To mark three years of funding from Arts Council England and to celebrate the work conducted so far, the Money and Medals Network will be holding a day conference at the British Museum on 23 March 2018.

Conference scope

The content of the day will cover the work of MMN over the past three years, outlining its key achievements and demonstrating to a wider audience how the Network has been active all over the UK with the collections mapping project and the provision of training. There will be themed sessions on collections mapping, local numismatic networks, the use of numismatics in education and outreach projects and the display of numismatic objects. These sessions will feature short presentations by key Network participants followed by panel discussions and audience Q&A.

The conference will also be a chance to meet colleagues from other UK public institutions to share knowledge and ideas about museum numismatic collections. In addition, there will be a chance for delegates to see the British Museum’s exhibition about the Money and Medals Network which will be on display in Room 69a from the 22nd of March until the 30th of September 2018.

Programme of events

10.00 Registration - in the Clore Education Centre, West Foyer

Tea, Coffee and Networking

11.00 Opening remarks - The Stevenson Lecture Theatre

11.15 Introduction: Money and Medals - the story so far

Henry Flynn (The British Museum)

11.35 Mapping the UK's collections: the Money and Medals collections mapping project


Inheriting numismatics
Fiona Byrne (National Museums Northern Ireland)

Making the most of numismatic collections in the North West
Matthew Ball (The Fitzwilliam Museum)

11.55 Panel Discussion:

Fiona Byrne; Matthew Ball; Gareth Williams (The British Museum);
Jonathan Allen (The Magic Circle Museum); Leonora Baird-Smith (Metropolitan Police Service);
Henry Flynn (The British Museum) (chair)

12.10 Audience Q&A

12.25 Working towards sustainability: Money and Medals sub-networks


Money and Medals: the West Midlands experience
Stanley Ireland (University of Warwick)

MMN in the East Midlands
Clare Pickersgill (University of Nottingham Museum)

12.45 Panel Discussion:

Stanley Ireland; Clare Pickersgill; Lynsey Jones (Museum Development North West);
Fiona Byrne (National Museums Northern Ireland); Jesper Ericsson (Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery);
Richard Kelleher (The Fitzwilliam Museum) (chair)

13.00 Audience Q&A

13.15 LUNCH - in the Clore Education Centre, West Foyer

Over lunch there will be the opportunity to network as well several activities (please see end of the programme for the day for details)

14.25 The Money and Medals Training Programme: promoting education and outreach projects The Stevenson Lecture Theatre


Heads and tails: coins and Curriculum for Excellence
Susanna Hastilow (Museum on the Mound)

Developing a community curriculum: the role of Ancient Greek coinage
Andrew Parkin
(Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums)

14.45 Panel Discussion:

Susanna Hastilow; Andrew Parkin; Megan Gooch (Historic Royal Palaces);
Lucy Moore (Leeds Museums and Galleries); Doug Macbeath (Museum on the Mound);
Mieka Harris (The British Museum) (chair)

15.00 Audience Q&A

15.15 REFRESHMENT BREAK - in the Clore Education Centre, West Foyer

15.25 Small, but definitely not boring: approaches to the display of numismatics


Minted: interpreting the meaning of money
Liz Montgomery
(The Grosvenor Museum)

The challenge of ‘small and boring’: the display of coins and medals
Abigail Kenvyn
(The Royal Mint Experience)

15.45 Panel Discussion:

Liz Montgomery; Abigail Kenvyn; Matthew Ball (The FitzwilliamMuseum); Jesper Ericsson (Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery); Emma Herbert-Davies (Leeds University Library);
Ben Alsop (The British Museum) (chair)

16.00 Audience Q&A

16.15 The future of numismatics in museum collections

A discussion about the future of numismatics in museums with Jesper Ericsson (Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery); Liz Montgomery (The Grosvenor Museum); Matthew Ball (The Fitzwilliam Museum); Clare Pickersgill (University of Nottingham Museum); Henry Flynn (The British Museum); Gareth Williams (The British Museum) (chair)

16.35 Audience Q&A

16.50 Closing statement

17.00 END

Lunch time activities

13.50-14.20 - Tour of Citi Money Gallery
Ben Alsop (Citi Money Gallery Curator) will collect delegates signed up for the tour from the Clore Education Centre foyer where lunch is taking place

13.20-13.50 - Storage Advice Workshop
Amanda Gregory (The British Museum) will be on hand to provide some advice on best practice for storage of numismatic material

13.20-13.50 - Documentation Advice Workshop
Tanya Szrajber (The British Museum) will be on hand to provide some advice on best practice for the documentation of numismatic objects on museum databases

13.20-13.50 - Conservation Advice Workshop
Pippa Pearce (The British Museum) will be on hand to provide some advice on conservation issues related to coins, medals and other metal numismatic objects

Information for delegates

This event is free to attend and open to anyone working or volunteering with numsimatic collections in UK museums and other public instutions such as libraries, universities and country houses.

The day is suitable for delegates who are museum professionals and volunteers, especially those working in exhibitions, loans, collections management, partnerships, sector development and curation; cultural sector body representatives; academics and students.

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to assist delegates who may not otherwise be able to attend. To apply, please email with a brief description of how attending the conference will benefit your work, and why the bursary is needed.

Please note:

Registration on the day will open at 10am, with presentations beginning at 11am.

Lunch will be provided.

A photographer will be present throughout the day, documenting the event for the Museum; by attending you will be agreeing to this photography.

This conference is part of the Money & Medals Network's programme of national activity 2015-18 which has been made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England.

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