Tuesday 26th April – Monkwearmouth Station Museum
Back in April, during the baking hot easter holidays I volunteered at the Hoards of Treasure drop in activity day at Monkwearmouth Museum. This activity was inspired by the coins found in the Lumley hoard which, amongst other treasures, are currently on display in the Siege and storm exhibition.
Our activity that day was for each child to create their own coin hoard using gold and yellow clay. Each child was given a lump of clay and then told to break it into smaller pieces, roll the clay out and make coin shapes. These coins were then decorated using pencils to carve patterns into the surface or with shiny stars and glitter.
We then had to make boxes for the coins to be safely transported home in, we used black card and double sided tape, which the children decorated with metallic felt tips. It was a really hot day so most of the clay coins dried in the heat and hopefully got home safely.
I also got stuck in and made my own hoard, most of the children’s coins seemed to be better than mine though!
Siege and Storm is in exhibition until 5th June at the Monkwearmouth Museum in Sunderland.