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Gloucester City Museum

Brunswick Road




tel: +44 (0)1452 396 131




email: [email protected]



Contact details: David Rice


Date of visit: 6 November 2013


Nature and extent of collection


24,500 pieces. Material directly relating to the City of Gloucester and surrounding parishes; Archaeological depository for this area.



All numbers below are estimated


Specific strengths: Pennies of the Gloucester Mint; 17th century Gloucestershire tokens; hoards including 3rd century Cross hoard, 4th century Oldcroft hoard.


Library: Around 60 books mostly focusing on Roman and British coinage.





Database used:


Proportion of collection on database: Approximately 75% but not all to individual coin level.


How much detail in database entries? All have location, most have legends, description, acquisition, collection data.


Are images incorporated?


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.


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? No.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? There is a small handling collection, yes.


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? There is some general expertise in-house.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? The local PAS Finds Liaison Officer can sometimes be called upon for advice.


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