Heberden Coin Room

Visiting Scholars

The Heberden Coin Room offers a number of visiting fellowships and scholarships. All are by invitation only.

  • Kraay Travel Scholarships
  • New Europe Studentships (formerly East Europe Studentships) [Ended]
  • Robinson Visiting Scholarship (Heberden Coin Room) in association with the Kraay Visitorship (Wolfson College, Oxford)
  • Shamma Visiting Fellowship in Islamic Numismatics and Epigraphy (in association with St Cross College) [Ended]

Kraay Travel Scholarships

This scheme was initiated from funds donated in memory of Colin Kraay, and is now funded by the Robinson Charitable Trust. The Scholarship is intended for productive scholars at a post doctoral level, and is normally held for a month in the summer. The Coin Room makes a grant towards expenses. Wolfson College normally elects the recipient to short-term membership of Common Room and may be able to make accommodation available.

Previous holders:

    1983 T. Noonan
    1983 L. Travaini
    1988 S. Kremidi
    1989 A. Saccocci
    1991 D. Wigg
    1992 F. de Callataÿ
    1993 M. Schönhammer
    1994 S. Gulbekk
    1995 H. Ingvaldsen
    1996 M. Peter
    996 R. Kool
    1997 K. Butcher
    1999 Dr Ulrike Peter
    2000 Haim Gitler
    2002 Dr Bernhard Weisser
    2003 Maria Beatriz Borba Florenzano
    2004 Mr Amiteshwar Jha
    2005 No Kraay Travel scholar
    2006 Koray Konuk CNRS
    2006 Liv Yarrow City University New York
    2006 Jerome Mairat Numismatist and Financial Mathematician
    2007 Dorota Malarcyzk Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
    2008 Amelia Dowler British Museum
    2009 No Kraay Travel scholar
    2010 Dr. Christine FrŲhlich
    2011 Dr. Klaus Vondrovec
    2012 No Kraay Travel Scholar
    2013 Dr. Panagiotis P. Iossif, Belgian School of Archaeology at Athens
    2014 Dr Kirill Myzgin, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
    2014 Dr Antony Hostein, University Paris 1 Panthťon-Sorbonne
    2015 Dr Ellen Raven, Leiden University

New Europe Studentships (formerly East Europe Studentships) [Ended]

It was a generous initiative by Mr. Carl Subak and Mr. Jon Subak of Chicago, in which they were quickly joined by Mr. Ed Milas and Mr. Harlan Berk, to create a scheme of visiting studentships for numismatists from the countries in eastern Europe to which democracy returned through the events of 1989 and 1990. The studentships enable younger museum curators and numismatists working in archaeological and other such institutions to spend a period of 4 - 6 weeks in the summer at the Heberden Coin Room. The scheme is supported by Wolfson College, Oxford, which offers accommodation and meals to two students each year. It has also received generous financial support from the International Association of Professional Numismatists.

For some of the students, it was their first visit to the West. Others were more experienced travellers. For all of them, access to a world-class numismatic and archaeological library was like entering Aladdin's Cave, after their normal experience in institutions which for many years have been starved of hard currency, and unable to buy many books. Contacts with numismatic colleagues have been strengthened, through discussions and through a shared daily life in the Ashmolean Museum. Visits to the British Museum and to the Fitzwilliam Museum have been facilitated. Above all, the students have enjoyed the opportunity of living in the academic community of an Oxford graduate college for a few weeks. And the benefits have been mutual, as the staff of the Coin Room have made new friends and have deepened their understanding of eastern Europe.

Previous holders:
1991 Ms. Maja Bonačić Mandinić, Arheološki Muzej, Split, Jugoslavia (now Croatia).
Ms. Melinda Torbagyi, Magyar Nemzeti Mķzeum, Budapest, Hungary.
Tomasz Pola?ski, Institute of Hellenic Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakůw, Poland (jointly with Hertford College).
1992 Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu, Museum of National History, Bucarest, Romania.
Dr. JŠn Hunka, Institute of Archaeology, Slovakian Academy of Sciences, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia).
1993 Dr. Ivan Iordanov, Arheologicheski Institut i Muzei, Shumen, Bulgaria.
Dr. Dimitar Draganov, Museum of History, Jambol, Bulgaria.
1994 Dr. Shpresa Gjongecaj-Vangjeli, Archaeological Institute, Tirana, Albania.
Dr. Vlastimil NovŠk, NŠprstkovo Muzeum, Prague, Czech Republic.
Ms. Katerina Hristovska, Central European University, and Prilep, Republic of Macedonia.
1995 Dr. Kamen Dimitrov, Institute of Thracology, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1996 Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu, Museum of National History, Bucarest, Romania.
Dr. Kamen Dimitrov, Institute of Thracology, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1997 Adrian Popescu, Institute of Archeology "Vasile Pârvan", Bucharest, Romania.
Dr. Alexander Bursche, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Poland.
1997 Dr. Kamen Dimitrov, Institute of Thracology, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1998 Christian Gazdac, National History Museum of Transylvania, Cluj-Hapoca, Romania.
1999 Dr. Sergei Kovalenko, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.
2000 Dr. Mariusz Mielczarek, Nicholas Copernicus University Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Torun, Poland.
Eugeni Paunov, The National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2001 Dr. Natalia Smirnova, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
Dr. Borys Paszkiewicz, Curie-SkĽodowska University, Lublin
2002 Delia Moisil, National Museum of History Bucharest, Romania
Jan Bodzek National Museum, Cracow, Poland
2003 Anahit Mousheghian, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
Anna Vikhrova, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
2004 Robert Pieñkowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Robinson Visiting Scholarship (Heberden Coin Room) in association with the Kraay Visitorship (Wolfson College, Oxford)

In October 1976 Colin Kraay, who was then the Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room, wrote to the Robinson Charitable Trust with a suggestion for a new initiative, ' would be very useful to many numismatists if they were given the chance from time to time to get away from their places of work to come for short periods to the Ashmolean, where they would be in touch with a group of people doing the same kind of work... I wonder whether it might seem attractive to establish something which might be called a Robinson Travelling Scholarship or something similar, and which could possibly be combined with visiting status at my college, Wolfson.' This idea was received generously by the Trustees, and in due course Dr. Kraay made a formal approach to Wolfson College, which gave its blessing and kindly agreed to provide parallel financial support. The scholarship is named after Sir Edward (Stanley) Robinson, one of the most eminent of Greek numismatists, who was Honorary Keeper of the Coin Room.

There began a sequence of visits which has brought to the Heberden Coin Room and to Wolfson College a series of eminent numismatists from many countries. They have been given the opportunity to pursue their studies in congenial surroundings, and with all the facilities of an excellent library, freed from the distractions of the day-to-day routine in their own museum or university. They have all enjoyed their stay in Oxford, and the benefits have been mutual, for the staff of the Heberden Coin Room have enjoyed welcoming them, getting to know them better, and discussing numismatic problems with them.

After the death of Colin Kraay, Wolfson College took the opportunity to name the annual award in his memory. Since then the Visiting Scholar has had the title, in College, of 'the Kraay Visitor'.

A name is proposed to the College each year by the Keeper of the Coin Room. The College prefers that the candidate should be of professorial or equivalent status. The minimum tenure of the award is a month. The recipient is provided with a room in College during the Summer, and he or she is made a member of Common Room, with entitlement to eat meals in Hall, and to share in the facilities of the College generally.

Previous holders:

    1977 Prof. Giovanni Gorini, Museo Civico, Padua
    1978 Dr. Iannis Touratsoglou, Numismatic Museum, Athens
    1979 Dr. Hans-Dietrich Schultz, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
    1980 Dr. Donal Bateson, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
    1981 Dr. Jarmila Štepková, Naprstek Museum, Prague
    1982 Mr. Tuukka Talvio, National Coin Collection, Helsinki
    1983 Professor Candace Carter, New York University
    1984 Mr. Jørgen Steen Jensen, National Museum, Copenhagen
    1986 Dr. Michel Amandry, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
    1988 Prof. Pere Pau Ripollès, University of València
              Prof. Salvatore Garraffo, University of Catania
    1989 Prof. Alberto Canto, Autonomous University of Madrid
    1990 M. Michel Dhénin, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
    1991 Dr. Hans-Dietrich Schultz, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
              Dr. Sabine Schultz, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
    1992 Dr. William E. Metcalf, American Numismatic Society
    1993 Prof. Dr. Hans-Markus von Kaenel, Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main
    1994 Dr. Alan Stahl, American Numismatic Society
    1995 Prof. Dr. Andreas Furtwängler, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg
    1996 Dr. Peter Ilisch, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster
    1997 Professor Keith Rutter, University of Edinburgh
    1999 Professor Herbert Cahn
    2001 Dr. Peter Kos, National Museum Llubljana
    2002 Dr Ulla Westermark, Kungl Myntkabinettet, Stockholm
    2003 Professor Christof Boehringer, Archaeological Institute Göttingen University
    2004 Dr Carmen Arnold-Biucchi, Harvard Univesity Art Museums
    2005 Professor Michel Amandry, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
    2005 Professor Ian Carradice, St Andrews University
    2006 No scholar
    2007 Joe Cribb, British Museum
    2008 Professor Keith Rutter, University of Edinburgh
    2009 Professor FranÁois de Callataÿ, Royal Library of Belgium
    2010 Dr. Sanjay Garg
    2011 Dr. Francois Thierry
    2012 Dr. Andrew Meadows and Prof. William E. Metcalf
    2013 Dr Sophia Kremydi, Institute of Greek and Roman Antiquity of the National Hellenic Research Foundation
    2014 Professor Kenneth Sheedy, Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, Macquarie University
    2015 Dr Haim Gitler, Israel Museum

Shamma Visiting Fellowship in Islamic Numismatics and Epigraphy
In association with St Cross College [Ended]

Recipients hold a visiting fellowship at St Cross College. They work closely with Dr Luke Treadwell, the curator of Islamic coins, and in many cases have contributed to the publication of the collection in the Sylloge of Islamic coins in the Ashmolean Museum series.

Previous holders:

    1993 Dr Lutz Ilisch, Tübingen University
    1994 Dr Michael Bates, American Numismatic Society
    1995 Professor Jere Bacharach, University of Washington
    1996 Steve Album, California
    1997 Rika Gyselen, CNRS
    1998 Dr Gert Rispling, Numismatic Institute, Stockholm
    2000 Dr Boris Kochnev, Archaeological Institute Samarquand
              Aleksander Nymark, Hofstra University
    2001 Dr. Doug Nicol
              Steve Album, California.
    2005 Aleksander Nymark, Hofstra University
    2006 – 2012 Dr. Doug Nicol
    2010 Vladimir Nastich 2011 – 2013 Dr Lutz Ilisch
    2013 Dr Sayed Haider