● Very few places are islands, entire of themselves, and Soho was no exception, located
in the parish of Handsworth, then beyond the edges of Birmingham. Along with much
of the modern world, Handsworth has gone digital, and a fascinating website offers
much information about this historic area.
●Matthew Boulton was nothing if not revolutionary and, in turn, surrounded himself,
and was surrounded by, other revolutionary figures in the 'white heat of technology.'
The members of the Lunar Society alone would have been enough to label their time
as 'exceptional' but there were more. Revolutionary Players is a website which looks
at the people and places which fuelled the Industrial Revolution in the West Midlands.
● The purpose of this site is to commemorate the achievements of the Soho Mint which,
of course, means coins and tokens. These are properly the field of interest of numismatists
and numismatics. The Ormskirk and West Lancs Numismatic Society hosts a number of
papers and notes about many interesting topics, and the products of Soho feature
in a number of these.
●Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery are responsible for an absolutely wonderful
collection of all kinds of material relating to Matthew Boulton and his works. To
give you just a taste of what’s available follow the link to the Museum’s Coin Collection,
and from there, the door is open!
sohomint.info was first established in March 2008 to provide an on-line resource
for students and collectors interested in the products of the Soho Mint. It is entirely
non-commercial. The website has been designed and assembled by Chris Leather, who
would like to express his thanks, and the thanks of all the users of the site, to
those authors who have kindly allowed their work to appear here.
● Bill McKivor is a name known to many collectors of coins, tokens, and Boultoniana,
around the world. His website, The Copper Corner, is host to an extensive series
of some of the best photographs on the web of rare and significant pieces from Soho,
many of them from the Boulton and Watt family collections. Virtual travel to Seattle
is almost instantaneous, and almost free!
● There is probably nowhere closer to Matthew Boulton's business interests today
than the Birmingham Assay Office, which was established in 1773 largely as a result
of Boulton's lobbying and networking at the centres of power in Westminster. The
Birmingham Assay Office is taking a leading role in celebrating the bicentenary of
Boulton's death, and there is information in abundance on their website.
● The British Association of Numismatic Societies, BANS, is a co-ordinating group
which links together clubs and societies from around the United Kingdom; clubs and
societies which are the core of much numismatic activity and research. Many of these
Associates have their own websites, which can be reached from a links page on the
BANS site. Information about the BANS annual Congress can also be found on their
● Matthew Boulton came from the background of a small manufacturer, and 'living above
the shop' would not have been an unfamiliar concept. From 1766, following the opening
of Soho Manufactory, he continued to 'live above the shop,' but on a rather grander
scale. Soho House is the only significant part of the Soho complex to survive and,
fortunately, is open to the public.
● The American Numismatic Society is an organization dedicated to the study of coins,
currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present.
The Society has the foremost research collection and library specialized in numismatics
in the United States. To learn more about the ANS click anywhere here to immediately
open a link to their impressive website.
● The Conder Token Collectors Club is designed for anyone with an interest in ‘Conder’
Tokens, otherwise known as 18th Century British Trade Tokens or Provincial Coins.
The Club produces a Journal several times a year, with articles and illustrations
of interest. New for 2013 is a Club website, to highlight areas of interest to members