Help Dan Snow move the Boldre Hoard back to Lymington

Help Dan Snow move the Boldre Hoard back to Lymington.

#MakeItHappen appeal to display valuable collection of Roman coins at St Barbe Museum. 


Help bring the Boldre Hoard back to Lymington


Last week, well known TV historian, Dan Snow, launched a £30,000 appeal to ensure a valuable collection of Roman coins goes on show at St Barbe Museum in Lymington. Some are already at the award-winning St Barbe Museum but the others have been taken to the British Museum in London. 

Lymington treasure

In 2014, a metal detectorist discovered Roman coins buried in a field near Warborne Farm near the village of Boldre, 1.5 miles from the St Barbe Museum in Lymington. In total 1,608 third century coins were found in situ within a Romano-British pottery vessel. The coins date back to AD249 under the emperor Trebonianus Gallus. The latest coins show the face of Tacitus who was murdered in AD276. There are three very rare coins dating from the 12 week rule of Marius in AD269. The hoard has been defined as a treasure by the British Museum. The coins are known as 'radiates' because the of the crown of sun rays behind the heads.


The hoard is special to because it reveals more about the Roman past in the New Forest, effectively increasing evidence of Roman presence in the area, stretching further than previously though from the Roman Villa at Rockbourne near Fordingbridge. Other local finds include 7,700 coins dug up at Rockbourne, 600 coins found in Cadnam in the 1980s, with other smaller finds near Ashurst and Fawley. Many of these other collections have been broken up, kept privately or sold. St Barbe Museum is determined to keep this latest treasure local and on public display. 


"This hoard is one of the most exciting archeological discoveries in the New Forest in recent history," said Dan Snow, who lives in the New Forest. "The coins were buried 2,000 years ago, possibly for safe keeping. Whoever buried them either forgot about them or never came back to collect them, which is lucky for us. It belongs here for us all to enjoy and admire, and is part of our local story - I hope it remains so. We want them to stay in the New Forest so that everyone can see them."


St Barbe has the opportunity to purchase the hoard and bring it back to Lymington for everyone in the local community to enjoy. The Boldre Hoard #MakeItHappen fundraising campaign aims to secure display at St Barbe Museum telling the story of the treasure, which is today worth an estimated £7,000. In this way the hoard can be easily enjoyed and viewed by the people of the local area. A St Barbe spokesman warned that the coins would either be sold or kept in storage in London unless the appeal succeeded.


#MakeItHappen the Boldre Hoard appeal

St Barbe Museum needs to raise tens of thousands of pounds to buy the whole collection and put it on display to the public. The campaign to raise the funds required was launched on Wednesday 19 October. During the day, children from William Gilpin Primary School and Our Lady and St Joseph Primary School visited Warborne Farm. They dressed as Romans, met Dan and found out more about the coins and their local history through a range of activities.


That same evening, a launch event took place at Lymington Baptist Church in New Street, opposite St Barbe Museum. 150 people attended the event, where Dan Snow and Dr Louise Revell, Roman History expert, answered questions about the Boldre Hoard. Over £5,000 was raised in pledges during the evening. St Barbe is also grateful that the following grants have just been confirmed: £3,650 from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and £2,750 from the Headley Trust.


Please donate today and help bring this Roman treasure home.


"We are delighted that Dan Snow is spearheading our campaign to bring the Boldre Hoard back to Lymington," said Mark Tomlinson, director at St Barbe Museum. "Please give generously so that we can preserve the coins and put them on display. They will be a highlight of our newly-refurbished museum when it reopens in 2017."


Why was the Boldre Hoard buried?

It is a mystery why the Roman coins were buried all those years ago. There are a number of theories. One theory, outlined in the A&T, is that the political turmoil that convulsed the Roman Empire in the third century (reflected by the number of coins during that period) may have reached as far as the New Forest, perhaps forcing the owner of the coins to bury his treasure and flee. Other theories include owners hiding their wealth or covering up a theft.


Another, less dramatic suggestion from Dr Louise Revell, was that the coins plummeting value at the time and minimal silver content at the time meant they may have been forgotten as Roman 'loose change.'








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