Sharing the Seaton Down Hoard
18 October 2016
Sharing the Seaton Down Hoard has started with a special schools roadshow visiting Plymtree and Honiton last week; the first stops in a nine month tour of the county. The busy programme of associated events includes, visits to schools and community groups, talks, tours, conservation workshops and public events at RAMM. A special Seaton Down Hoard section of the website features all aspects of the Hoard along with Coin of the Month. There are over 1,000 variations of the 22,888 nummi that make up the hoard and a different coin is featured each month.
The programme culminates in an exhibition at RAMM in July 2017 featuring the entire hoard.
To book talks, tours, and workshops, email Lizzie.Mee@exeter.gov.uk.
Schools and colleges
Roadshow visits to Devon schools give students the opportunity to find out about the discovery of the hoard and Roman Devon. 7 to 10 year olds (KS2) will meet a Roman re-enactor, make Roman coins and play a game that contrasts Roman Devon with East Devon today. They will also handle real Roman coins from the Seaton Down Hoard. Young people in secondary schools (KS 3 & 4) will also explore primary and secondary sources to discover evidence of Romans in East Devon and learn about conservation.
Conservation Workshops at RAMM
Small groups of A level students will learn about the scientific processes of conservation and the changes that metals undergo through time. They will discover how RAMM cares for the Seaton Down Hoard and participate in the conservation of the coins.
In the community
Talks, tours and workshops will be delivered to a wide range of groups including history societies, university students, metal detectorists and children in care.
About the Seaton Down Hoard
The Seaton Down Hoard is the largest Roman coin hoard ever found in Devon. Discovered in November 2013, RAMM recently purchased the coins.
Around AD350, the coins were buried, probably by a private individual or soldier for safe-keeping. They provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of 4th-century Roman Britain.
Making it possible
The purchase and conservation of the hoard of coins was made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clinton Estates, a private donation by Patrick Long, and many contributions by members of the public.
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