For many, the word medal conjures up images of objects awarded to military personnel for service and acts of bravery but it is a medium that extends far beyond these boundaries. Over centuries, engravers and designers have been producing medals that showcase their skill and ability, as much an art form as any of the finest paintings or sculptures. Freed from the normal constraints presented by the demands of coinage design, medallic art is often highly expressive, innovative and individualistic. Using various techniques and designs, medallic art has breathed life into an array of subjects from the Spanish Armada, to wildlife conservation and through to the death of John Lennon.
A selection of medals from the Museum’s collection to serve as inspiration for your design.