Richard Hobbs

The Weston Curator of Roman Britain

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory


+44 (0)20 7323 8294

Richard Hobbs is jointly responsible for the Romano-British collections (alongside Dr Ralph Jackson), with a particular emphasis on metalwork (for example jewellery and silver plate). His research interests include the deposition of precious metals and food and banqueting, particularly in the late Roman Empire, and the use and deposition of coinage at Pompeii.

Prior to joining the department of Prehistory and Europe, Richard worked for the Portable Antiquities Scheme as Outreach Officer and as Finds Liaison Officer in Kent. Prior to this he worked in the Department of Coins & Medals at the British Museum, where he developed an expertise in Iron Age and Roman coinage. He is currently working on a publication of the Mildenhall Treasure and an exhibition on dining in the late Roman Empire.

Current projects

Coins from the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii

The Mildenhall treasure
Silver Service. Fine dining in Roman Britain (Room 3, May 2013)

Previous projects

Lead curator of ‘Buried Treasure’ touring exhibition

Lead curator of Room 2

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2012)

Visiting Research Fellow at Reading University

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society

Recent publications

R. Hobbs, Currency and exchange in ancient Pompeii. Coins from the AAPP excavations at Region VI, Insula 1 (Institute of Classical Studies, BICS Supp. 116, 2013)

R. Hobbs, 'Stray finds of Hacksilber in Roman Britain?', in Hunter, F. & Painter, K.S. (eds), Late Roman silver. The Traprain Treasure in Context (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2013), 291-304.

R. Hobbs, The Mildenhall Treasure. Objects in Focus (British Museum Press, 2012)

R. Hobbs (with contributions by J. Swaddling, J. Graham-Campbell & S. Marzinzik), 'The 'William Allen box': a Victorian Gentleman's collection of antiquities and curios', The Antiquaries Journal 91 (2011), pp. 283-321.

R. Hobbs, 'Platters in the Mildenhall Treasure', Britannia 41 (2010), pp. 24-33.

R. Hobbs (with R. Jackson), Roman Britain: Life at the Edge of Empire (London, British Museum Press, 2010)

R. Hobbs, 'The secret history of the Mildenhall Treasure', The Antiquaries Journal 88 (2008), pp. 376-420.

R. Hobbs, Late Roman Precious metal deposits, AD200-700: changes over time and space (Oxford, BAR Int Series 1504, 2006)

R. Hobbs, ‘Coins from the AAPP excavations: update 1’, Numismatic Chronicle,165 (2005), pp. 377-81.

R. Hobbs, Treasure: Finding our Past (London, British Museum Press, 2003)

R. Hobbs, ‘The Mildenhall Treasure: Roald Dahl’s ultimate tale of the unexpected?’ Antiquity, 71 (no. 271), March (1997), pp. 63-73

R. Hobbs, British Iron Age coins in the British Museum (London, British Museum Press, 1996)