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December 2012

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The Royal Mint Museum has recently welcomed two new members of staff.

While the Assistant Curator of Collections Sarah Tyley is on maternity leave, her post will be covered by Arran Rees, who joined the team in August.

Abigail Kenvyn started soon after in September, as Assistant Curator of Exhibitions.

 

November 2012

London 2012 in the classroom

This week saw the start of a new programme of visits to local primary schools. The Museum's Education and Learning Manager, along with Paul Binning and Scott Kuperus from the Royal Mint visited Yggg Llantrisant to talk about the striking of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medals. Pupils from the school really enjoyed the visit and members of staff commented how impressed they were with the number of questions the pupils asked at the end.If you are from a primary school local to the Royal Mint and would like a visit from the Royal Mint Museum, please contact us.

Oct 2012

Museum objects travel to Latvia

Preparations are being made for objects from the Royal Mint Museum's collection to travel to Latvia for a special exhibition. The objects, including plasters, drawings and coins, are to be displayed in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the independent Latvian currency. From 1924, the Royal Mint has played an important role developing the coinage of the Republic of Latvia, striking virtually all of its silver coins. This exhibition, which will be on display at the Bank of Latvia, will be the first time the Royal Mint Museum has displayed objects in the country.

Oct 2012

Welsh Ministerial Visit

More than one thousand years of British history was brought right up to date for Business Minister Edwina Hart when Kevin Clancy, the Museum's Director gave her a tour of the collection.For more information on the visit please see the Welsh Government website at http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/businessandeconomy/2012/6697103/?lang=en

Sept 2012

Gravity Fields Festival

Graham Dyer, the Museum's Senior Research Curator, gave a talk on Sir Isaac Newton at the Royal Mint at this month's Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham. The talk was well received and attended by over 50 people.  

 

April 2012

Flat Stanley

In April we received a cut-out Flat Stanley from Ystrad Mynach Primary School. The class of five-year-olds, who had been reading the story of Flat Stanley, asked us to tell them about what Flat Stanley saw at the Royal Mint and who he met. Flat Stanley journeyed around the Mint, meeting among others the engravers, reception staff and police officers. He was returned to his class worn out after his adventure.

February 2012

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

The Museum's Senior Research Curator, Graham Dyer, appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show this month as part of a feature on the history of commemorative coins.

February 2012

A-Level Art and Design Students Visit the Royal Mint

A group of 11 students from Porthcawl Comprehensive School visited the Royal Mint. They participated in a tour of the factory and witnessed the coin production process from start to finish. A particular highlight was the time spent in the Engraving department, where pupils received an introduction to coin design by Chief Engraver Gordon Summers.

February 2012

Berlin’s World Money Fair

The Royal Mint was the Guest of Honour at this month's World Money Fair in Berlin and the Museum's Senior Research Curator, Graham Dyer, gave a talk on the Mint's involvement in Jubilee celebrations since the first striking of coins and medal to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Victoria in 1887. In this special Diamond Jubilee year the talk focused on the only other Diamond Jubilee, that of Victoria in 1897, and the elegant Jubilee medal by George William De Saulles.

February 2012

Staff Changes

Joseph Payne, the Museum's Assistant Curator, has gone on research leave in order to undertake work on a Phd focusing on technological and scientific developments in minting during the eighteenth century. A new Assistant Curator, Chris Barker, has come into the Museum and has taken over Joseph's responsibilities.