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Canterbury Museums and Galleries

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Stour Street




tel: +44 (0)1227 475206




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Craig Bowen, Collections Manager; Mitch Robertson, Head of Programming and Collections


Date of visit: 12 December 2016


Nature and extent of collection


1,306 pieces. Collecting material from East Kent, or with a connection to East Kent. Social History, Archaeology, Natural History, World Cultures, Art.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 1

Iron Age coins: 50

Roman coins: 300

British coins: 450

European coins: 25

Modern and paper money: 5

Medals (commemorative or military): 50

Paranumismatica: 25

Specific strengths: Roman coins, British coins, British tokens. Many coins from local archaeological digs yet to be catalogued except by archaeological trust.


Library: Small collection of Roman and British coin books.





Database used: Adlib


Proportion of collection on database: 80%


How much detail in database entries? This varies, generally basic information is included.


Are images incorporated? 20%


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





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? No.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? There is a room available, yes.


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



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? A few example coins are used in Education sessions.


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


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Yes, Roman coin striking.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? We offer a very limited identification service.



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? Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Finds liaison officer for Kent.


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

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