Richard Hobbs

The Weston Curator of Roman Britain

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory


+44 (0)20 7323 8294

Richard Hobbs is the Weston Curator of Roman Britain, responsible for the Romano-British collections. His research interests include the deposition of precious metals and food and banqueting, particularly in the late Roman Empire, and the role of silver plate in late Roman society.

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.

During 2017, Richard is undertaking a fellowship with the Empires of Faith project.

Current projects

Representing belief on silver plate in late Antiquity (Empires of Faith project)

The Vinkovci treasure of late Roman silver

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, 'Bes, Butting bulls, and bars: the life of coinage at Pompeii', in Flohr, H. & Wilson, A. (eds), The Economy of Pompeii (Oxford University Press, 2017), 339-62.

R. Hobbs, The Mildenhall treasure: Late Roman Silver Plate from East Anglia (British Museum Research Publications 200, 2016)

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)