Buried treasure: top 10 finds
9 July 2020

We mark a milestone of 1.5 million finds recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme with a look back at the top 10 treasures from the last 23 years.

Suffrage objects in the British Museum
23 February 2018

Ben Alsop, Curator of the Citi Money Gallery at the British Museum, looks at objects in the collection relating to the female suffrage movement.

The Frome Hoard voted top Treasure
21 May 2017

As the Frome Hoard is voted the nation’s top Treasure find of the last 20 years by Telegraph readers, Sam Moorhead, Finds Adviser for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, takes a look back at this remarkable discovery and how its legacy continues today.

20 years of Treasure
3 May 2017

We’re celebrating two decades of the Portable Antiquities Scheme – the organisation recording archaeological finds in England and Wales – with our new Treasure 20 campaign. Treasure Registrar Ian Richardson introduces the project and outlines how you can vote for your favourite dazzling discovery from the last 20 years!

A hoard of note: gold coins, a piano and a family mystery
20 April 2017

A major find where a musical instrument has been a key player. Treasure Registrar Ian Richardson has composed a little something to explain why this is literally hidden treasure!

FAKE NEWS
1 April 2017

Take a closer look at five fakes, forgeries and things designed to fool in the Museum’s collection. Only a fool would fail to read this…

Defacing coins like a suffragette
30 March 2017

Thomas Hockenhull tells the story of an ordinary British penny of Edward VII, that was made extraordinary by a simple act of vandalism.  

Change is good! A history of money
27 March 2017

To celebrate Global Money Week, Curator of the Citi Money Gallery Benjamin Alsop unpacks the sometimes weird, sometimes wonderful, but always fascinating world of money.

Mary Beard’s top five powerful women in ancient Greece and Rome
14 March 2017

March is Women’s History Month, so we’ve asked Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Classics editor of the TLS, to give us a quick countdown of five female figures from the ancient world.

The sinking of the Lusitania: medals as war propaganda
7 May 2014

As a reaction to the sinking of RMS Lusitania by torpedo on 7 May 1915, German artist Karl Goetz produced the Lusitania medal satirising the subject. Henry Flynn explains the symbolism behind the medal which will be on display in The other side of the medal: how Germany saw the First World War.

The die that struck Britain’s first coins?
11 April 2014

One of the most recent acquisitions made by the Department of Coins and Medals is a highly unusual object – an ancient punch or ‘die’ used to manufacture coins in the second century BC. Curators Ian Leins and Emma Morris hope the ‘die’ will shed new light on when the first coins were made in Britain.