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Bradford Museums & Galleries

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Lister Park


West Yorkshire



tel: +44 (0)1274 431212




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Gavin Edwards (Collection Manager)


Date of visit: 20 May 2014


Nature and extent of collection


More than 1,000 pieces. Comprehensive collection of coins, medals, banknotes and associated objects that relate to Bradford and its history. The collection also includes a certain amount of world coinage. The collection of numismatic material is currently regarded as suspended and only in exceptional circumstances will this be reconsidered, for example with the acquisition of the Silsden Hoard.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: Few

Iron Age coins: 27 (the Silsden Hoard)

Roman coins: Many

British coins: Many

British tokens: Moderate

European coins: Few

Asian coins: Few

Middle Eastern coins: Few

African coins: Few

American coins: Few

Oceania: Few

Modern and paper money: Some

Commemorative and military medals: Many

Paranumismatica: This is difficult to quantify as many objects have been accessioned as Social History or Technology items, but this probably amounts to a substantial number

Other: Plaster and other types of reproduction coins, medallions and medals etc.

Specific strengths: Unique assemblage of 27 gold Iron Age staters (the Silsden Hoard).


Library: N/A





Database used: MODES Complete and Excel Spreadsheet


Proportion of collection on database: Around 90% but objects are mostly listed in groups, not as individual items.


How much detail in database entries? Limited to acquisition details and brief description.


Are images incorporated? No.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, including displays of military badges and the Silsden Hoard of gold Iron age staters.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? No.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? No.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? No.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? No.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? No.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? No.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have contact with Andrew Woods at York Museums Trust.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A