Special exhibition

Rubbish Money?

Roman coins from Milton Keynes

Free in-school mini exhibition

An amazing hoard of 1500 Roman bronze coins was found near Milton Keynes in 2006, having been thrown in a rubbish pit over 1600 years earlier. Thanks to funding from Milton Keynes Council, Bucks County Museum is now able to offer primary schools in the area the opportunity to host a small group of 10 of the coins in a museum case, along with some interpretation panels.  Also provided will be a set of 5 teachers’ lesson plans and complete accompanying resources, exploring what the coins can tell us about the Roman world of the 4th century AD, and the people who lived here.

The tour will begin in spring 2016 with 6 Milton Keynes schools, and there is funding for a costumed interpreter to make a visit to the school, and talk about the coins and Roman life with your students.

Each school where the exhibition is placed will host it for half a term. Museum staff will install and remove the case. All you need to provide is a bench or table securely fixed to the floor where our case (30 x 30 x 30cm) can be mounted, and wall space for the graphic panels. And some students who want to get up close to real Roman artefacts!

The original Acquisition of the hoard by the County Museum was funded by the V&A purchase Grant Fund, the Headley Trust, and the Friends of the Museum.

From 2017 onwards, the exhibition will be available free to any school in Bucks, not just the MK area, but without funding for the costumed interpreter.

If you would like to know more, see the lesson plans, or are interested in hosting the exhibition, please contact Brett Thorn, Keeper of Archaeology.


01296 624519

Since this fantastic opportunity is completely FREE to your school, we anticipate that the spots for the first six half-terms in Milton Keynes schools, with the included costumed interpreter visit, will book up quickly.

UPDATE – All of the 6 slots for 2016 have been booked, but please get in touch if you would like to host the exhibiton for half a term in 2017.