Coins and Curatorship

Undergraduate Research Scholarship project 2020

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Project academic: Hannah Cornwell & Maria Vrij 

Project summary

Calling all would-be curators and coin enthusiasts!  For anyone interested in working in heritage, this Scholarship offers hands-on experience working with coin collections at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the CAHA Departmental Museum.

The scholarship holder will conduct research on the coins held in the CAHA museum and produce a visitors’ guide and catalogue, in preparation for which they will received training at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and help the Curator in several aspects of curating the coin collection. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the continuing development of the CAHA Museum and gain invaluable experience in museum curating. 

What you will do

  • Receive training in aspects of curatorial work from the Coin Curator of the Barber Institute
    • Assist Curator of Coins at the Barber Institute in cataloguing Roman Republican coins for online publication and in digitalising provenance data of the coin collection.
    • Learn about conservation issues
  • Conduct research into the possible provenance of the CAHA coin collection
  • Image, catalogue and produce a guide to the coins in the CAHA Museum

Skills required 

  • Attention to detail and good visual acumen
  • Good computer literacy and basic knowledge of spreadsheets
  • Some knowledge of Roman history is desirable (for the CAHA Museum coin guide) but not essential

How will the project benefit you?

  • Gain experience of curatorial work: cataloguing and using management systems
  • Learn about legal obligations on museums
  • Authorship of catalogue and guide to coins in the CAHA Museum

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