January launch for Beau Street Hoard

The first handful from the hoard which is now known to contain 17,500 coins.

People keep asking me when exactly is the Beau Street Hoard – those eight bags of 17,500 silver Roman coins – coming back to Bath from the British Museum?

The first handful from the hoard which is now known to contain 17,500 coins.
The first handful from the hoard which is now known to contain 17,500 coins.

It’s where they went following their discovery – in advance of a hotel development in the centre of the city – back in 2007.

I asked Stephen Clews – Manager of the Roman Baths and Pump Room – if there would be a ‘magic moment’ – anytime soon – when the coins were revealed – following their legal acquisition.

He told me : ‘ The sad reality is that it is more like a dripping tap than a magic moment! Small quantities are delivered whenever people transit between Bath and London. This is because the BM are steadily working through them and we are steadily processing them at this end.

The Beau Street Hoard book.
The Beau Street Hoard book.

The ‘magic moment’ will be when the display opens to the public, which is currently shown on the project plan as end January.”

In the meantime – the Roman Baths shops is selling a book which tells you all about the Hoard’s amazing discovery and its relevance.