Royal Mint engraving workshop

Join the Royal Mint for a workshop at the Bank of England Museum and make your own plaster cast model
This event is now sold out; however, you are welcome to join the lunchtime talk from 1pm to 2pm. Spaces for the talk are available on a first come first serve basis. Please ask at the Museum’s information desk on the day if you are interested in joining the talk.

About the event

When: Wednesday 15 May, 10.30am to 4.30pm

The home of precious metals, The Royal Mint is the official maker of beautifully designed Great British coins and thoughtfully crafted medals. Engraving is an integral part of this process.

The Royal Mint is coming to the Bank of England Museum with a workshop led by Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers. This provides the opportunity to delve into centuries of British heritage and craftsmanship and learn the skills of carving.

Once a coin is designed and approved, a model of the coin is produced from plaster, before being scanned and stored as a digital file, from which an engraving machine will cut the design onto a piece of steel. As part of this workshop, attendees will be able to create their own plaster cast models and take these home.

The workshop will include an in-depth talk with Gordon Summers, who has held the position of Chief Engraver at The Royal Mint for over a decade.


  • 10.30am to 12.30pm: Attendees create plaster cast models
  • 1pm to 2pm: An in-depth talk on the engraving process by Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers
  • 2.30pm to 4.30pm: Workshop continues. Attendees will carve and complete their plaster models

The workshop is free, but booking is essential.

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Please note
This workshop is for adults (16+). You must bring valid photo ID (such as a passport or driving licence) in order to guarantee entry to the workshop.

Lunch will not be provided, please provide your own. 

Places are limited, so if you can no longer attend the workshop, please cancel your ticket in good time so that someone else can take part.

Maker profile

Gordon Summers, Chief Engraver at The Royal Mint has been at the helm of some of the most important coin and medal developments of the 21st Century since 2008. 

These include the last definitive portrait of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which was the first to be modelled digitally, the 2012 Olympic medals and the effigy of King Charles III. 

Gordon’s career at The Royal Mint spans over 30 years with him starting in 1992 as a Trainee Engraver. His expertise, and knowledge have helped to shape coin design in recent decades.

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