The Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History has several curated sets of historical material that are available for loan to schools, churches and community groups.
Exhibition sets that are currently available include the following, and more sets will be created over time:
The coins of Ephesus
34 coins from the seventh century BCE to the third century CE. Each coin is attached to an A4 card. The city and its connection with St Paul are explained.
The coins of Tarsus
35 coins from the fifth century BCE to the third century CE. Each coin is attached to an A4 card by a ribbon. Tarsus was the home-town of St Paul.
A history of coins
There are 23 coins from the beginning of coinage in the 7thcentury BC to 2018. There are also some large Roman coins for the students to handle. Each coin is attached to an A4 card by a ribbon. Four of the coins are replicas.
Stamps, coins and medals illustrate the life of Albert Schweitzer, the famous medical missionary and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The exhibits include letters hand-written by Schweitzer.
The Bible in English
Bible manuscripts and early printed Bibles tell the story of how the Bible came to be written in English. The exhibition includes a page from a first edition copy of Erasmus’ Greek New Testament
Books of Liturgy
Manuscripts and printed books are used to illustrate the history of liturgy and to explain what liturgy means. The emphasis is on what the major denominations have in common.
The display consists of 4 parts: 1. MSS before the printing press, including a papyrus fragment from the first century CE; 2. Devotional works (Books of Hours) and music texts; 3. Printed documents and other historical materials; 4. Coins, icons and other items.
For more information please visit the CCCRH website or contact Dr Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The aim of these travelling exhibitions is to stimulate interest in the history of Christianity.
- Each exhibition consists of a number of items such as coins, Bible manuscripts and maps. A PowerPoint presentation explains each exhibition.
- CCCRH researcher, Dr Peter Lewis, sets up the display in consultation with college staff. It can be supervised by RE teachers, chaplains and librarians, and suitable sites include the college library. Usually, an exhibition is at a college for a week. Dr Lewis can show the PowerPoint presentation to staff after setting up the display. He can also make prior visits.
- Questionnaires for students to complete are available. Possible student projects include inviting each student to “adopt” an item. They would have to learn about it and explain it to other students or write a one-page essay. The prize could be an ancient coin.