Your support: success stories
Bequest from the estate of the late Mr
Copper alloy radiate of Carausius, AD 286-293
The British Museum’s Department of Coins and Medals curates one of the world’s great public collections of ancient and medieval coinage.
In addition, the Museum also provides expertise and support for the statutory Treasure process in England and Wales where new and exciting discoveries regularly come to light.
Collecting archaeological coin finds of British importance can be a very expensive undertaking and this was recognised by the late Mr Kenneth Day in a substantial bequest he made to the Museum. A retired engineer, Mr Day was also a keen collector and a long serving officer in the Kingston-upon-Thames Numismatic Society. He forged strong contacts with the British Museum and had been a benefactor for a number of years, donating many ancient and modern British coins over the last decade. In doing so he recognised the British Museum's additional function beyond passive custodianship of national heritage. For the Department of Coins and Medals’ continued relevance as a ‘living catalogue’ reference collection for scholars and the general public, the collection of new material is vital.
The final monument to his public spirit is seen in the form of major philanthropy; the bequest of a large sum of money raised from his estate. Two causes had been of particular interest to Mr Day, collecting coins important to British history and making them as widely available to others as possible. His legacy, therefore, will support two funds run by the department:
- • The British Coin Fund, which ensures important new discoveries are represented in the British Museum’s collection.
- • The digitisation project, to update and improve database records (available to all online) and create digital images – an essential part of the British Museum’s living catalogue in the twenty-first century.
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Medals awarded to Scott of the Antarctic, acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme.
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A Digital Discovery Centre that enables children to bring world history to life through technology.
A new building project transforming the way the Museum displays, studies and cares for its collection.