Buxton Museum and Art Gallery was thrilled to learn this week that one of its exhibits has won a prestigious award. The Tonypandy Cup is awarded annually for a piece which is considered to be an outstanding example of the skill of a blacksmith. It is given in memory of Lord Tonypandy (George Thomas, Speaker of the House of Commons) who was an Honorary Member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. A special Committee is established every year to assess the nominated works.

The 2017 winner is professional blacksmith and artist David Tucker FWCB, based in Derbyshire, for his creative interpretation of a display case for the Long Cross Coins at Buxton Museum.

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In 2012, a hoard of 43 medieval coins was found by a metal detectorist in the Kirk Ireton Parish, Derbyshire. Most of the coins were made in 1247 and have a long cross pattern on the back.  The long cross pattern was introduced to try and stop the clipping of coins, a common practice at the time. Clipping was a problem and reduced the value of currency. The idea was that the size of the cross design would limit how much silver could be cut off the edges of the coin before the clipping was noticed.

The coins were declared Treasure and purchased by Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. The museum received funding from the Art Fund’s Treasure + scheme to commission a unique display case for the coins. David wanted to create a stack of giant coins with touchable patterns based on the silver pennies. Nice job, David!

Bending long crosses

You can see the award-winning display for yourself, not to mention the new Wonders of the Peak gallery and lots of fabulous art; all admission free. You can plan your visit here.