Institute of Archaeology


Andrew Burnett - Honorary Professor

Andrew Burnett
  • Email: a.burnett@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Andrew Burnett was Deputy Director of the British Museum from 2002 to 2013, having begun his career at the Museum in 1974 in the Coins and Medals department as Research Assistant. He went on to become Deputy Keeper in 1990 and Keeper in 1992.

He studied Ancient History and Philosophy at Balliol College in Oxford; he received his MA from Oxford in 1979 and his PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. His distinctions include: receiving the RIBA Crown Estate Award (best UK conservation project) in 2004 for the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum; his election as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003; the award of the Silver Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society, the Jeton de Vermeil of the French Numismatic Society and the Huntington Medal of the American Numismatic Society. He was appointed a CBE by the Queen in the New Year's Honours of 2012, and an Honorary Professor of University College London in 2013.

He is the President of the Royal Numismatic Society, and was President of the Roman Society (2008-2012) and of the International Numismatic Commission (1997-2003).

Research Interests

  • Numismatics
  • Roman history and archaeology
  • Museum and heritage studies

Selected recent publications

Publications include volumes in the series Coin Hoards from Roman Britain; Coinage in the Roman World, 1987, 2004; Interpreting the Past: Coins, 1991; Behind the Scenes at the British Museum (co-editor), 2001; Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces (co-editor).

His major collaborative work is Roman Provincial Coinage: Volumes 1 and 2 (1992, 1998).

The volume Essays in Ancient Coinage in Honour of Andrew Burnett, edited by R. Bland and D. Calomino, was presented at a ceremony held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 15 October 2015.