A Toss of a Coin

A Toss of a Coin

One of the exciting things about working at the Abbey Museum is being there when a new object is donated. Recently, the Abbey was given a fabulous example of a silver 30-tari coin from Malta. This coin was issued in 1798 during the brief reign of Ferdinand von...
Desalination of ancient artefacts

Desalination of ancient artefacts

Salt can have devastating effects on ancient artefacts. It also can be a tricky process to deal with these salts to protect an artefact over time.  Such is the case with one particular process taken on an artefact in the Abbey Museum Collection, the circular plaque of...
Abbey Roman Flask – still in one piece after 2,000 years.

Abbey Roman Flask – still in one piece after 2,000 years.

Among the Abbey Museum’s more recent acquisitions is a collection of forty-four objects from Turkey, Tunisia and Papua New Guinea including an amazing intact Roman glass flask. It is incredible to have such a fragile object in our collection, considering it was...
A world icon at the Abbey

A world icon at the Abbey

From the collection of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology,‘Ehon Azuma-asobi’ (Picture book of the pleasure spots of the Eastern Capital) Here at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology we are the fortunate custodians of a series of woodblock printed illustrations...
Buy An Oxgang of Land

Buy An Oxgang of Land

Imagine walking into a real estate agent’s office and asking to buy an oxgang of land.  You would most likely receive some very strange looks and be sent packing. Or you might just be lucky enough to talk to a real estate agent who knew something about historical land...
The Story of a Clockmaker

The Story of a Clockmaker

Sometimes it is extraordinary how small serendipitous consequences can have great results. Such was the outcome from a recent visitor to the Museum who came from Bedale, a tiny village in the Yorkshire Dales.  They reported back to their local newspaper that they had...