A 'potted' history of samian ware

By other museum staff on 12 Jul 2012

Project Assistant, Verity Anthony, describes her work digitising the Museum of London’s collection of samian ware for Collections Online. The Museum of London has an extensive collection of Roman samian ware, approximately 25,000-30,000 pieces, either on display in the Roman London gallery or in our Ceramic and Glass Store. About 14,000 of these are decorated pieces, and it is this part of the collection which I’m currently working on; photographing the pieces, marking them with their correct accession number and photographing or scanning them, before updating the digital records for all the pieces. The scope of the collection is such […]

Every coin has a story to tell

By other museum staff on 5 Jul 2012

Collections Online Project Assistant, Ed Johnson, shares his experiences of digitising our ancient coins and reveals the stories that they tell. As I approach the end of my first 12 months of working with the Roman coins for Collections Online, I am struck by the numbers involved. I have handled, scanned, identified and written captions for approximately 4,000 ancient coins. I can recognise the face of over a hundred different emperors, empresses, princes and usurpers, and identify many of the posturing gods, goddesses and personifications that are to be found on the reverse. However, I have taken very little time […]