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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Royal Pavilion Gardens

Brighton

East Sussex

BN1 1EE

 

tel: +44 (0)1273 292765

 

website: http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/Pages/home.aspx

 

email: object.enquiries@brighton-hove.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Andy Maxted (Curator); Heather York (Curator);

Richard Le Saux (Keeper)

 

Date of visit: 19 March 2014

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

Around 6,350 pieces.  Apart from the recently acquired Roman High Weald Hoard, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is not actively collecting numismatic material at the moment.

 

Our numismatic collection is comprised of three fairly large donated collections – Worthington Wilmer (1910-11), The Tillstone Collection (1919) and the Daniels Collection (1923).

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Greek coins: 500

Iron Age coins: 8

Roman coins: 819 plus 141 from the Beachy Head Hoard, 455 from the Hove Hoard and 2,895 from the High Weald Hoard making a total of 4,310 coins

British coins: 221 (up to the year 1700)

British tokens:  415

European coins: 210 (including beyond 1700)

Asian coins: 64 (including Japanese, Chinese and Indian)

Middle Eastern coins: 13

African coins: 17 (mostly Moroccan and Egyptian)

American coins: 53 (including South America and Canada)

Modern money: 166 (mostly British – European included above)

Medals (commemorative or military): 193 (including European)

Paranumismatica: 74 (including some European)

Other: 28 items: 23 coin weights plus 5 miscellaneous objects

Specific strengths: Large ancient Greek and Roman collections. Some interesting Anglo-Saxon material.

 

Library: N/A

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: MIMSY

 

Proportion of collection on database: Around 10%

 

How much detail in database entries? Skeletal detail.

 

Are images incorporated? Around 100 records for the token collection include images.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet but it will be soon.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? Not yet but it will be soon.

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.

 

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? Yes – the High Weald Hoard was displayed here before it went on tour.

 

 

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? Yes.

 

 

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? We have some access to external Roman and Iron Age expertise. We also have contact with an expert in 17th and 18th century tokens and contacts within Worthing Numismatic Society who have recently provided assistance with various coin enquiries.

 

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

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