GEM- Cat, carpets and sahlep! Getting the most out of a visit to Istanbul as a PG

Cat, carpets and sahlep!

Getting the most out of a visit to Istanbul as a PG

Presented by Michael Burling, Ruth Caddick, Laura Clark, Joseph Parsonage, Maria Vrij (CBOMGS)

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 25th April 2018



GEM- Coin handling session

Coin handling session at the Barber Coin Room

 by Maria Vrij (Barber institute, Coin curator)

Coin Room (The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, first floor).

4:00 PM 29th November 2017

This evening will be the occasion for knowing more about the Coin collection at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Maria Vrij, current Coin Curator, will guide us into an interactive handling session!



Exhibition – Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards

Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards

Coin Galley, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

6th May 2016 – 26th February 2017


Wednesdays, 1.10 – 2pm

FREE, no booking required

Introducing Buried Treasures

11 May

Maria Vrij, Coin Curator

The Marriage of History and Science

Testing the Purity of Byzantine Gold Coinage

18 May

Dr Jonathan Jarrett, University of Leeds

Viking Hoards that Changed History

From Watlington to the Vale of York

25 May

Dr Gareth Williams, The British Museum

Hoards of the Later 3rd Century from Britain

Why are there so many?

1 June

Prof Roger Bland, University of Leicester



Introduction to Buried Treasures

Tuesday 10 May, 1.10pm

Maria Vrij, Coin Curator



Third Sunday of the Month

17 April; 15 May; 19 June; 17 July; 18 September, 2.30pm


For more details, click here.

BBPN – Jack of all Trades, Master of None? Interdisciplinary and Cooperative Methodologies for Byzantinists

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Jack of all Trades, Master of None? Interdisciplinary and Cooperative Methodologies for Byzantinists

British Byzantine Postgraduate Network

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 5th May 2016

On Thursday, 5th May 2016 at 5:15, the University of Birmingham will be hosting the next British Byzantine Postgraduate Network event: ‘Jack of all Trades, Master of None? Interdisciplinary and Cooperative Methodologies for Byzantinists’.

Much has changed in the scholarship of the humanities in recent years, with an emphasis both on interdisciplinary research and the use of new methodologies. When embarking on our own research with Byzantine source material, we can be faced with what seems to be an overwhelming array of sub-methodologies and languages. With so many different avenues of research, each with their own specific difficulties and problems, what is the Byzantinist to do?

In the spirit of the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network this event will create a space where early-career Byzantinists can discuss solutions to this disciplinary dilemma. We will ask how we, as early-career scholars, can challenge the current structures of academia in order to create a more interdisciplinary and collaborative research culture.

The evening will take the form of a series of speakers: Maria Vrij (Birmingham; numismatics), Sihong Lin (Manchester, social network analysis), Hugh Jeffrey (Oxford, archaeological theory), Adam Simmons (Lancaster, medieval ethnography), Vicky Manolopoulou (Newcastle, GIS and technologies). There will be a round table discussion and wine reception.

To book a place, please contact Lauren Wainwrightme lxw936[at]

GEM – Round-Table on Outreach

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Round-Table on Outreach

Hosted by CBOMGS doctoral researchers Anna Kelley, Lauren Wainwright, Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger, and Maria Vrij

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 10th February 2016

Anna Kelley and Lauren Wainwright

Students entering higher education are constantly bombarded with the message that studying a humanities subject is pointless and will leave them disadvantaged in the future. In this regard, CBOMGS has partnered with the Sandwell Council to hold outreach days at the University of Birmingham for students at the GCSE level to engage them with the study of histiry and talk to them about the benefits and advantages that come with continuing study in history and other humanities subjects.

Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger

Popularizing Byzantium, from my novel experience, is a serious but informal long-term project based on creative thinking, passionate projects and a daily trial-and-error empiricism. The Byzantine board game I elaborated in 2013 may serve as an example about popularizing Byzantine history. It was initially intended to adapt a previous RISK-like game onto a Byzantine background, but the work of adaptation also developed an aspect of in-game immersion for the political history of the period 1204-1261.

Maria Vrij

A number of current archaeologists and numismatists (myself included) began our interests as children, convinced we were going to excavate something really exciting in our own back gardens. Coin hoards are regularly found by amateurs and Roman coins are found in UK back gardens; I wish to inspire children to think that they could be one of those people. Therefore, a new exhibition has been in the works at the Barber. ‘Uncovering Hoards’, which will be quite basic in terms of content and clearly targeted at the non-specialist, but will be accompanied by a virtual exhibition which I hope will act as a research hub and help to bridge the gap between the basic and the specialist for budding enthusiasts.