Object in Focus: Janvier Reducing Machine

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016 by The Royal Mint Museum

reducing machine

The Museum's Janvier reducing machine on display at Llantrisant
In the Museum we have many objects that tell the story of coin and medal production. Some of the most fascinating are the reducing machines whose intricate mechanisms were once integral to the process of minting. ..

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A Momentous Year for the Royal Mint Museum

Posted on Monday, January 11, 2016 by The Royal Mint Museum

Visitor Centre

The Museum staff on a tour of the Visitor Centre
Happy New Year and welcome to our 2016 blog. The Museum would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters and to give you a brief summary of our Inventory Project along with a sneak preview of some of the exciting events coming up this year. ..

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Writings on the Wall: Preserving the Prisoner Graffiti at the Tower of London

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by The Royal Mint Museum

An electrotype of Prisoner graffiti from the Tower of London

Electrotype of prisoner graffiti at the Tower of London
Since completing a catalogue of the coinage, medal and seal material in the main store, we have taken the opportunity to look more closely at some of the remaining objects. Of particular interest was a set of boxes labelled ‘Tower of London’, containing a series of electrotypes featuring various inscriptions and ranging from crudely scratched names and dates, or tags, to lengthy passages of text and detailed artistic impressions.  ..

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Pistrucci's Bench

Posted on Friday, August 07, 2015 by The Royal Mint Museum

Pistrucci's work bench

Pistrucci's work bench in the Museum
There was an air of excitement about the Royal Mint Museum this week as we prepared to receive a very special object into the collection. As part of a reorganisation of the Royal Mint engraver’s workshop we were to transport a large wooden work bench into the Museum space. The work bench stands at approximately one metre high and one and a half metres wide. It is constructed of mahogany and pine and has evidently seen much use. There is nothing ostentatious about this bench. It is simple, elegant and above all, practical. So why is this unassuming object so special to us? ..

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Pest Management Strategy

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 by The Royal Mint Museum

Housekeeping duties

One of our Collections Assistants carrying out weekly housekeeping duties
At the Royal Mint Museum, weekly housekeeping is an important part of our duties as collections assistants and much of this activity is aimed to control populations of insect pests. These pests such as silverfish and carpet beetle larvae can cause significant damage to the organic materials within the museum’s collection such as paper, textile and wood. As a large part of the museum’s collection consists of books, documents, framed art and wooden boxed objects we take this threat very seriously.  ..

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Letters and Lions

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by The Royal Mint Museum

piece punches in the collection before coating

Piece punches in the collection before coating
One of the highlights of the inventory project has been uncovering the hidden gems of the collection. When we recently finished reorganising all the smaller museum store spaces the collections assistants came across approximately 9,000 piece punches, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. ..

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Inventory project update

Posted on Friday, July 03, 2015 by The Royal Mint Museum

Great Seal of Edward VII In the last six months at the Royal Mint Museum we have finished cleaning, coating and cataloguing the metal tools in the store that we began at the start of the project, roughly 6,200 medal tools and 25,000 coin tools.  ..

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Welcome to the Royal Mint Museum Blog. Here you’ll get to meet the faces behind the Museum and find out how our hard-working team cares for this exceptional and varied collection. You’ll find entries on our favourite objects, how we’re looking after the objects, and the work being done to interpret and research the collection. You may also from time to time get a sneak preview of exciting projects and future exhibitions.


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