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Clifton Park Museum

Clifton Lane

Rotherham

S65 2AA

 

tel: +44 (0)1709 336624

 

website: www.cliftonpark.org.uk

 

email: jessica.tarver@rotherham.gov.uk; karl.noble@rotherham.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Jessica Tarver; Karl Noble

 

Date of visit: 29 January 2019

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

5,594 pieces. The museum’s statement of purpose is:

To provide enjoyable, engaging, educational and inspiring experiences for all through celebrating the borough’s local history and heritage by collecting, interpreting and making accessible Rotherham’s historic and cultural collections and historic sites.

 

The collection includes: Social and industrial History, Archaeology, World cultures, Decorative and fine art and Numismatics. The collection consists of around 100,000 objects.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Greek coins: 30

Roman coins: over 1,000, including locally found coin hoards

British coins: over 1,000

British tokens: over 100

European coins: over 1,000

Asian coins: over 100

Middle Eastern coins: 50

African coins: over 30

American coins: over 600

Oceania: over 20

Modern and paper money: over 100

Medals (commemorative or military): over 200

Paranumismatica: over 30

Other: Swedish plate money; 129 badges including school badges, fire and police service badges, badges from various local clubs, ARP badges, mining badges etc.

Specific strengths: Roman coinage, British coinage, modern world money.

 

Library: 16 books on coins, tokens and jetons.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: Adlib.

 

Proportion of collection on database: 98%

 

How much detail in database entries? This varies.

 

Are images incorporated? No.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? No.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? No.

 

 

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? No.

 

 

Access to the collection

 

Is there a study facility? Yes.

 

Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes, magnifying glasses can be provided.

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? No.

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Not currently.

 

Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Sometimes, yes.

 

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? N/A

 

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