An Unexpected Visitor

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 by The Royal Mint Museum

An Unexpected Visitor

Peter the Great
The Mint has received many prestigious visitors in its 1100-year history but perhaps one of the most unexpected is the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, whose last visit to the Mint was on 21 April 1698. Peter’s obsession with all things mechanical and scientific is already well documented, so it is hardly surprising that he would take the opportunity presented during his stay in England to visit sites that indulged this interest. One such site was the Royal Mint which at the time was located within the walls of the Tower of London. While the exact details of Peter’s tour still remain something of a mystery, it is clear that the Mint held a certain fascination for the Russian Tsar as he visited no less than four times.  ..


Family History

Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2020 by The Royal Mint Museum

Joseph Giardelli staff record

Staff record for Joseph Giardelli
The Royal Mint Museum has a number of staff records which make it possible for us to assist members of the public in their search for information about their ancestors. Whilst lists of names of Mint employees exist from the 16th century onwards, it is not until the late 19thth century that our records become more detailed and systematic, when establishment lists and staff records contain summary details for every member of staff.  ..



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