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Name: Anja Christina Friedel Rohde

PhD: Archaeology/Numismatics/Heritage Studies; Early Medieval; Norman Conquest

Thesis Title: 

The English Coinages of William I (1066 – 1087) and William II (1087 – 1100) and their Implications for our Understanding and Public Representation of the Norman Conquest


Thesis Description:

This is an interdisciplinary project bringing together three strands of research based around the English coins of the Norman Conquest period. Numismatically I want to identify patterns of regional variation in the coinage issues of William I and William II, and see how they compare to the patterns already identified in the coinages of Edward the Confessor and Harold II. From a historical perspective I want to investigate what these differences can tell us about the administration of the Conquest on a regional or local level, with particular focus on the role of the moneyers within the system, since they represent one of the few examples of administrative continuity from before the Conquest. Museologically I want to examine how the extant coins can be used to represent these narratives of the people and the practicalities of the Conquest for heritage professionals and the wider public, through museum displays and engagement.

 

Supervisors and Institution(s):

Dr Chris Loveluck; University of Nottingham

Dr Stuart Burch; Nottingham Trent University

 

Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

  • Rohde A (2017) 'Book Review: Rulership and Rebellion in the Anglo-Norman World, c. 1066-c. 1216; Essays in Honour of Professor Edmund King (ed. by Paul Dalton and David Luscombe)' Nottingham Medieval Studies 61 pp. 268-270


  • I have contributed to the following publications:

    DERBYSHIRE MUSEUMS SERVICE (2013) Enlightenment! Derbyshire Setting the Pace in the Eighteenth Century Buxton : Derbyshire County Council

    DERBY MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERY (2012) 1001 Objects to Inspire: Gallery Guides Derby : Derby City Council

    [published in-house for sale in the museum shop]

    PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES SCHEME (2010) Portable Antiquities and Treasure Annual Report 2008 London : British Museum

    See objects: 90 (pp. 78), 99 (pp. 83), 216 (pp. 126), 354 (pp. 158), 448 (pp. 181), 609 (pp. 224)

    PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES SCHEME (2009) Portable Antiquities and Treasure Annual Report 2007 London : British Museum

    See objects: 22 (pp. 42), 74 (pp. 63-4), 143 (pp. 88), 165 (pp. 97), 253 (pp. 125), 394 (pp. 158), 469 (pp. 175)

    PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES SCHEME (1997 – present) Portable Antiquities Scheme Database (online) source: http://finds.org.uk/database/

 

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

year: 2017-18

  • 17/02/2018 delivered 'Help the Museum Curate its Coins: Medieval Coins' public engagement session at the University of Nottingham museum, in conjunction with 'Vikings: Rediscover the Legend' temporary exhibition
  • 20/01/2018 "The Norman Conquest in Lincoln: stories from the coins" expanded talk and object handling session delivered to the Friends of Lincoln Museum and Gallery
  • 08/12/2017 Discussion paper presented, and contribution to ongoing agenda setting and discussion, at first workshop of the Archaeologies of the Norman Conquest network project (jointly overseen by the Universities of York and Nottingham)

year: 2016-17

  • 28/07/2017 "The Norman Conquest in Lincoln: stories from the coins" public talk delivered as part of the lunchtime lecture series at The Collection, Lincoln
  • 23/06/2017 "The English Coinages of William the Conqueror and William Rufus" talk presented to the Essex Numismatic Society
  • 17/06/2017 delivered 'Help the Museum Curate its Coins: Medieval Coins' public engagement session at the University of Nottingham museum, in conjunction with 'The Medieval World in Colour' temporary exhibition
  • 25/05/2017 'Research Relay' 5 minute paper presented at the Midlands-3-Cities Festival of Research
  • 12/05/2017 "Anglo-Saxons under a Norman King; revealing and disseminating new narratives of the Norman Conquest through the coinages of William I and II" paper presented at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, USA
  • 25/02/2017 & 11/03/2017 delivered "Help the Museum Curate its Coins" public engagement sessions at the University of Nottingham museum again, as described below
  • 23/02/2017 contributed blog post for the Portable Antiquities Scheme county pages https://finds.org.uk/counties/nottinghamshire/anjas-norman-coin-quest/
  • 14/02/2017 "The Norman Conquest and the Harrying of the North" paper presented at the Numismatic Society for Nottinghamshire's Short Papers Night
  • 21/01/2017 Introduction to medieval coins, with handling session, coin recording and 'design your own coin' drawing activity delivered to the Nottingham Young Archaeologists' Club; two sessions: Group A aged 8-10, Group B aged 11-16
  • 14/12/2016 Paper presented to the University of Nottingham medieval research seminar series
  • 08/10/2016 & 15/10/2016 "Help the Museum Curate its Coins" at the University of Nottingham Museum; Public sessions (developed from previous sessions); one for beginners and one for experienced attendees; sessions explained the processes of curation of museum objects and how coins are used in museums, and allowed attendees to have a go at some curatorial tasks, including identifying and researching individual coins, recording documentation information and taking object photographs

year: 2015-16

  • 31/08/2016 Training session on identification, classification and recording of mediaeval coins provided for Nottinghamshire volunteers of the Portable Antiquities Scheme
  • 23/07/2016 Paper presented at the 'Conquest: 1016; 1066' conference at Oxford University
  • 22/07/2016 Presentation as part of round-table event on using archaeological methods in historical research into the 11th century as part of the 'Conquest: 1016; 1066' conference at Oxford University
  • 15/07/2016 "Money, Money, Money" public event as part of the Buxton Museums' 'Ask the Experts' programme for the Buxton Festival Fringe
  • 14/06/2016 Paper presented at the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles symposium at the British Academy
  • 12/05/2016 Poster presentation at the Midlands-3-Cities Festival of Research
  • 10/05/2016 Paper presented at the University of Nottingham Postgraduate Archaeology Conference
  • 06/05/2016 contributed blog post for Medieval Midlands reviewing the Midlands Viking Symposium 2016 https://medievalmidlands.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/midlands-viking-symposium-2016/ 
  • 12/04/2016 Organiser for the inaugural Medieval Midlands Conference, plus paper presented
  • 10/04/2016 paper presented at the British Association of Numismatic Societies' congress
  • 09/02/2016 "Coins in Museums" paper presented at the monthly meeting of the Numismatic Society for Nottinghamshire
  • 18/11/2015 summary of research presented for a non-specialist audience as part of the Nottingham PubhD series
  • 13/11/2015 "Coins, Archaeology and Museums; cross-disciplinary approaches to the Norman Conquest" paper presented at the Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium
  • 11/11/2015 presentation at University of Nottingham medieval postgraduates lunchtime seminar

year: 2014-15

  • 24/09/2015 contribution to blog post for National Museums Liverpool detailing my visit to work with their collections as part of the data gathering for my project: http://blog.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/2015/09/conquering-the-coins-of-william/ 
  • 27/05/2015 "Coins and the Norman Conquest"; overall winner in the University of Nottingham's Institute for Mediaeval Research's "3-minute thesis" competition.
  • 16/05/2015 [& 13/06/2015] "Help the Museum Curate its Coins" at the University of Nottingham Museum; Public sessions (developed and expanded from the sessions run on 22/11/2014) explaining the processes of curation of museum objects and how coins are used in museums, and allowing attendees to have a go at some curatorial tasks, including identifying and researching individual coins, recording documentation information and taking object photographs
  • 07/05/2015 "Coins as Windows on the Norman Conquest"; Work-in-Progress presentation as part of the University of Nottingham Department of Archaeology's postgraduate conference
  • 20/04/2015 "The Relationship of Design and Function in Early Medieval Coins; or Why has Aethelred the Unready got a Mohawk?"; Presentation at the day conference/workshop "Art, Aesthetics and Function" at the British Museum"
  • 29/01/2015 "Follow the Money: Coins as Windows on the Norman Conquest"; Work-in-Progress presentation as part of the Nottingham Trent University's History and Heritage Seminar Programme.
  • 22/11/2014 Ran 2 public sessions at the University of Nottingham Museum; "Curating Celtic Coins"; These involved an explanation of the curatorial work of museums and a brief history of British Iron Age coins, followed by supervising the attendees as they identified and researched coins from the museum's collection; while not dealing with coins of the Norman Conquest period, this event is relevant to the museological aspect of my PhD project, as it was an experimental event looking at using coins in museums in a different way to their more traditional uses.
  • until 31/03/2015: Employed one day per week as Collections Assistant at University of Nottingham Museum, working with colleagues and volunteers on an audit, preventative conservation, research and access project for the Iron Age artefacts, Roman samian pottery and Early Medieval artefacts in the museum's collection.

year: prior to starting PhD

  • Summer 2014: Employed full-time as Collections Assistant at University of Nottingham Museum; project managed a cataloguing and preventative conservation project for the numismatic collection, supervising a team of 12 volunteers.
  • 2009 - 2014; Employed full-time as Senior Collections Officer and Curator of S.T.E.A.M. and The Enlightenment at Derby Museum; role involved a full range of curatorial tasks; in the final year I had particular responsibility for the industrial collections, and other material
  • 2010 - 2014: Voluntary position as Event Secretary for the Midlands Federation of Museums and Art Galleries; organising public workshop/seminars, including booking speakers, arranging accommodation and refreshments, managing advertising and attendance administration
  • 2007 - 2009: Employed part-time as Finds Liaison Officer for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire for the Portable Antiquties Scheme; role involved liaising with the public (especially metal detector users), recording archaeological finds made by them, advising on conservation and interpretation, and enacting aspects of the Treasure Act 1996
  • 2004 - 2009: Employed full time (and then part-time) as Collections Assistant for Derby Museums
  • 2002 - 2004: Employed part-time as Gallery Assistant at Greens Windmill, Nottingham

Professional memberships:

  • Voted onto the council of the British Numismatic Society 22/11/2016 (term 2017-2020)

  • Member of the International Committee of Museums, with particular membership of the International Committee of Money and Banking Museums (2017 - present)
  • Member of the Museums Computer Group (2016 - present)
  • Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology (2014 - present)
  • Member of the Thoroton Society (2014 – present)

  • Member of the Museums Association (2014 – present)

  • Member of the Numismatic Society for Nottinghamshire (2013 – present)

  • Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (2010 – present)

  • Member of the British Numismatic Society (2010 – present)

  • Member of the Finds Research Group (2007 - present)
  • Trustee of the Midlands Federation of Museums and Art Galleries (2007 – 2014); Ordinary member (2005 - present)

  • Member of the Council for British Archaeology (1998 - present)

 

Other Research Interests:

  • Numismatics in general, but particularly British coins of the early medieval period; the early medieval mint at Derby; 18th century British bank-notes;
  • The Saxon kingdom of Mercia
  • The material culture of apothecaries, chemists, druggists and herbalists in early modern Britain
  • Early scientific equipment
  • Church architecture

 

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