The Museum's Director, Dr Kevin Clancy, appeared on an episode of the BBC Two programme Coast to talk about the production of quarter-ounce silver Britannia coins struck from bullion salvaged out of the wreck of the SS Gairsoppa.
As part of a day of events planned by the Royal Mint, the Museum's Assistant Curator gave a short talk on the history of the sovereign and the figure of Britannia on coins.
In September the Museum launched its free outreach sessions for schools in South Wales. There are three sessions available including 'The Royal Mint', 'Pennywise' and 'Decimalisation'. For more information and booking please visit our Education and Learning pages, and look for outreach under 'Schools and colleges'.
In July the Museum welcomed Claire Crowther as our Poet in Residence. Claire, a well-regarded poet who has appeared in journals and featured in many publications including The Best British Poetry 2013, will visit the Royal Mint Museum once a week to gather inspiration. Claire intends to write poetry about the importance of money in modern life, using themes such as the recession and the often overlooked history of the coinage. She expects to release her poems inspired by the Mint in the next eight months, with a book to follow in four years time.
In June the Museum represented itself and The Royal Mint at Goldsmiths' Hall. Each year pupils from the five schools the Hall supports are invited to take part in a day of exciting activities, ranging from hallmarking to designing a medal. This year the Museum's activity focused on the Commonwealth, with pupils exploring a variety of overseas coin produced by The Royal Mint.
The Museum's joint exhibition with Historic Royal Palaces at the Tower of London 'Coins and Kings: The Royal Mint at the Tower' was shortlisted for the Museums and Heritage Award for the best permanent exhibition. The Museum's Director and Exhibitions Manager attended the event along with members of the Historic Royal Palaces project team.
On the 7th March the Museum's Education and Learning Manager presented at the Citi Money Gallery Financial Education Conference, hosted by the British Museum. The purpose of the conference was to highlight to teachers and other learning professionals the variety of interesting and engaging ways that young people can learn about money and how to manage their finances.
In March we welcomed Ysgol Gyfen Cwn Rhymni to the site. A small group of students visited the site to try out some skills activities and learn about how a £1 coin is made.
The Royal Mint Museum has recently assisted The Design Museum in their exhibition 'In The Making' by loaning £2 coin components. Curated by designers Jay Barber and Edward Osgerby, t he exhibition displays 24 everyday objects mid manufacture to be exhibited in an incomplete state, celebrating the beauty of production.
The coin chosen was the tube train design for the 2013 London Underground £2 coin, designed appropriately, by Barber and Osgerby.
For more information on the exhibition, please see: http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2014/in-the-making
For the second year running we were visited by Level One Life Skills students from Bridgend College. The group experienced the noisy factory environment of the Coin Press Room before learning how a coins made and striking their own one pound.
Rear Admiral John Lippiett, one of the Museum's Trustees and the Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to British Heritage.