Numismatics summer school

The Department of Coins and Medals will host a two week summer school which will cover Classical numismatics in the first week and Medieval numismatics in the second week. This course is for newcomers to numismatics, or for those with a basic knowledge as it aims to give students the tools to apply numismatics to their studies.

The Classical week will give a thorough introduction to Greek and Roman numismatics from the archaic to late Roman periods. The Medieval week will cover early Medieval Europe and the successors of the Roman Empire through to the High and later Middle Ages (c. 600-1550). Both weeks offer lectures and practical sessions, a visit to another institution and the chance to see the British Museum’s special exhibition. These activities allow students to both handle objects and gain insight into how the Museum looks after and displays its collection. Links to the 2017 summer school timetable can be found on this page, and summer school 2018 will follow a similar format.

The Summer School is open to all undergraduate and graduate students and each week has a capacity for 10 students, so places are limited. There are no fees for this course and free accommodation and breakfast is provided at a local UCL hall of residence. Applicants are responsible for organising their own travel arrangements and any documentation (e.g. visa), but will be entitled to claim a bursary of up to £100 for these expenses.

Please apply by sending your CV, a covering letter about your interest in the Summer School and a reference from your tutor. Please send your application to References can be sent either directly to (specifying the name of the applicant) or via the applicant. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that references arrive before the application deadline. Please specify which week you are interested in being considered for (Classical or Medieval) when applying.

The next British Museum Numismatics Summer School will take place in the Department of Coins and Medals in July 2019. The application process will open in March/April next year. Please check this page then for more details.

numismatic study room 

The Money gallery (Room 68)
Students attending a lecture in the Numismatic study room





Further information

Classical Week Timetable: 2018
Medieval Week Timetable: 2018

Enquiries and applications: email
Coins and Medals
Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum,
Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG