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British Numismatic Society Museum Volunteer Placement Bursaries

Every year the society offers three bursaries for Museum placements. These are month long placements for which all undergraduate or postgraduate students at UK/EU universities are eligible to apply. A bursary of 750 is offered as a contribution towards travel or living expenses for three successful applicants. You can read about the previous placements here (2013, 2014, 2015 and(2016). 

This year's positions will be held at the British Museum, Salisbury Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Further details can be found below and the form to apply here. Please send the forms to by Saturday 26th May 2018.

More about the projects

Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Founded in 1816 the Fitzwilliam Museum is the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge. With over 220,000 numismatic objects, the Coins and Medals collection is one of international importance, and the Museum is one of the three principal centres for numismatic study in the United Kingdom.

The volunteer will be based in the Museum's Department of Coins and Medals for a period of four weeks (dates to be arranged with the applicant). To encourage a wide range of applicants the focus of the work undertaken during the placement is negotiable. Applicants should explain which area of the collection they would like to focus on during their internship and why.

During the placement the volunteer will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify and document objects, including weighing, measuring and cataloguing
  • Carry out object research for a UCM blog
  • Assist in the preparation of material for exhibition
  • Photograph coins
  • Spend some time in metals conservation

The volunteer will be supervised by Dr Adrian Popescu (Keeper), Dr Martin Allen (Senior Assistant Keeper) and Dr Richard Kelleher (Assistant Keeper).

Portable Antiquities Scheme (Based in Salisbury Museum, Salisbury)

Salisbury Museum is based in the Kings House, situated in the glorious setting of Cathedral Close. The Museum is home to archaeological collections of national importance.

An opportunity has arisen to research and record a regionally significant Roman numismatic assemblage from Wiltshire onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) which has been donated to the museum, the data will subsequently be transferred onto Modes. The work will contribute to a research project re-evaluating Wiltshire in the Roman period. The placement will be supervised by Richard Henry the Finds Liaison Officer for Wiltshire.

The opportunity will include training on identifying a wide range of denominations and training on the PAS database, photography and image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. The bursary would provide a broad range of skills to the museum placement which would be transferable to future opportunities with the PAS or other roles within the museum sector. The research will be published on the museum blog and other social media platforms.

Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum, London

The Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum is home to one of the world's finest numismatic collections, comprising about one million objects. The collection spans the history of coinage from its origins in the seventh century BC to the present day, and related material such as coin weights, tokens and money boxes.

The bursary holder at the British Museum will work in the Roman section in the Department of Coins and Medals. They will assist with the sorting, identification, cataloguing, imaging and databasing of Roman coins. In the process, they will gain insights into the wide range of activities undertaken by the staff, ranging from dealing with hoards submitted under the Treasure Act to curation of the permanent collection.