10/11/2022 - 01/08/2023

Defaced! Money, Conflict, Protest is the first major exhibition to display money used as a public canvas for political and social rebellion.

'If you're fed up and throwing rocks isn't your thing, take it out on money' Mark Wagner

From Harry, Duke of Sussex replacing the Queen on a £10 note with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the reverse, Harriet Tubman appearing as the new face of a $20 bill whether Trump officials approve it or not, to a unique coin commemorating the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, Defaced!, held at the Fitzwilliam Museum, presents a world history of protest from the last 250 years through currencies that have been mutilated as cries of anger, injustice, mockery or despair.

The exhibition showcases for the first time a new collection of defaced coins and banknotes recently acquired for the Fitzwilliam by its curator Dr Richard Kelleher. These objects are complemented by important loans from private collections and museums.

Further details can be found here.