Coin Relief – Issue Twenty-six

Welcome to the latest edition of Coin Relief. This time Dr. Andrew Brown examines the nummi of Reece Period 19. Reece Period 19 nummi – House of Valentinian, c.AD 364-378 In this blog post we will look at the bronze coinage of the House of Valentinian struck between AD 364-378 (Reece Period 19) that was in circulation alongside the siliquae …more

Coin Relief – Issue Twenty-five

Welcome to the latest edition of Coin Relief. This time Dr. Andrew Brown examines the coinage of Nerva. Nerva, AD 81-96 The tyranny of Domitian (AD 81-96) ended on the 18th ofSeptember AD 96 in conspiracy and assassination that brought about the end of Flavian dynasty. Despite the bloody coup, the result was that the “the kind …more

Coin Relief – Issue Twenty-three

Welcome to the latest edition of Coin Relief. This time Dr. Andrew Brown examines the coinage of Carus and his family. Carus and family, AD 282-285 In a previous edition, we looked at the emperor Carinus and his links with Britain. Even though he mayhave campaigned in Britainnia and was afforded the titleBritannicus Maximus (along with …more

Boredom Busters 2.0

Many of us will once again find ourselves at home for the next four weeks. If you’ve got little ones to entertain, or you fancy getting creative yourself, we have collated all of our craft activities into one post! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with our activities and resources. …more

Coin Relief – Issue Twenty-two

Welcome to the latest edition of Coin Relief. This time Dr. Andrew Brown examines the coinage of Lucius Verus, adopted son of Antoninus Pius and twice-adopted grandson of Hadrian. Lucius Verus, AD 161-169 On the 7th March AD 161 with the death of Antoninus Pius, his adopted son, Marcus Aurelius, assumed power. At the same time, Marcus …more

Stay At Home Activities: Book Clasps

Early books and manuscripts were often made of parchment (also known as vellum), an organic material made from animal skin. To keep the pages safe, they were sandwiched between stiff wooden boards when not in use. It was necessary to keep the volume tightly closed to stop the pages curling and warping, so the covers …more

Halloween

As Halloween approaches, we once again delve into the database for all things spooky. But where did this link with ghosts and ghouls come from? The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745, but the practice of observing All Hallow’s Eve dates back much farther, to early Christianity and beyond. In Christianity, major feasts had …more

Coin Relief – Issue Twenty-one

Welcome to the latest edition of Coin Relief. This time Dr. Andrew Brown examines the coinage of Faustina the Elder, wife of Antoninus Pius who we discussed in the previous edition. Faustina I, AD 138-161 Annia Galeria Faustina, better known as Faustina the Elder or Faustina I, was the daughter of prefect Marcus Annius Verus and Rupilia …more