Money in Africa

the past and present
of a continent

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Supported by

The Leverhulme Trust

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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Project team

As a long-term and large scale project, Money in Africa has been contributed to by a number of current and former British Museum staff.

Money in Africa team members

Catherine Eagleton 
Catherine is researching the currencies of east Africa, particularly Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean coast. She is the Principal Investigator.

Maxim Bolt
(University of Birmingham) 

Ellen Feingold 
Ellen is researching currency counterfeiting in British colonies in East and West Africa during the mid-twentieth century.

Leigh Gardner
(London School of Economics) 

Leigh is no longer working at the British Museum, but still contributes to the project, focusing particularly on British colonial monetary systems in Africa.

Sophie Mew 
Sophie is researching in the circulation of pre-colonial and colonial currencies in West Africa. She is investigating some of the transitions that occurred with the introduction of colonial currencies throughout the nineteenth century.

Karin Pallaver
(University of Bologna) 

Karin is investigating the introduction of colonial currencies in Africa from 1890s until the First World War, with a comparative perspective between western and eastern Africa.

Other researchers at the British Museum

Amelia Dowler 
Amelia's research centres on the Aksumite coins of Ethiopia, as she aims to create accurate historical records of the monetary history of the kingdom.

John Perkins
A Collaborative Doctoral Award student at the University of Bristol, researching Swahili coins and the monetary archaeology of the East African coast and the Western Indian Ocean.

Former project members

  • Harcourt Fuller
  • Elizabeth Galvin
  • Chris Leuchars
  • Artemis Manolopoulou
  • Lilian Quamina Reddie

The team has also been supported by a number of interns and volunteers who have helped with object digitisation for the collection online.

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Former project researcher, Maxim Bolt conducting fieldwork in South Africa