Andy Woods appointed Curator of Numismatics at York

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Andy Woods

Congratulations to Andy Woods who has been appointed to the newly created post of Curator of Numismatics at the Yorkshire Museums Trust. His role is to ensure that the numismatic collections across the whole of the Trust achieve their full potential as a resource for inspiration and engagement. He will work towards raising the profile of numismatics within the YMT and develop the potential across the region, working with partners in other museums and interest groups such as the YNS. 

Andy has been working as an assistant in the department of Coins and Medals in the Fitzwilliam Museum having completed his PhD in Archaeology with a thesis entitled "Currency of the Ostmen: Money and Economy in Late Viking-Age Ireland". Prior to this he was joint coordinator of the Scandinavian Archaeology unit in the Division of Archaeology and employed as a research assistant on the excavation of the Brough of Deerness, an important Viking site in the Isles of Orkney. 

His research interests are numismatics and archaeology in Ireland and the Irish Sea region and Viking economies, the nature of exchange and the insular world. His next publication is 'Re-interpreting Metamorphic Narratives; Coinage and Minting in Viking-Age Ireland' in Quaestio Insularis.

He has also been involved in the production of a number of volumes of the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles (6 volumes) and Medieval European Coinage (2 volumes) as well as acting as Website Officer for the British Numismatic Society. He has also spent time with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, identifying and recording objects that were reported to Suffolk Archaeological service and been engaged with organising volunteers, a skill which will be handy in managing all those local members hoping to help! 

( Photograph courtesy of James Booth)

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