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Guildhall Museum, Rochester

High Street





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Contact details: Steve Nye


Date of visit: 7 September 2018


Nature and extent of collection


700 pieces. The Guildhall was built in 1687 and is one of the finest 17th century civic buildings in Kent. Displays record more than 250,000 years of Medway history.


Highlights include a 3 deck reconstruction of a Napoleonic prison hulk ship and a Victorian wing with displays devoted to life in the 19th century, together with galleries telling the story of the close links with Charles Dickens in this part of Kent.


Special exhibitions, workshops, children activities and performances are held at the museum throughout the year.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 2

Iron Age coins: 33

Roman coins: 156

British coins: 35

British tokens: about 70 Kentish trade tokens

Asian coins: 2

Middle Eastern coins: 2

Modern and paper money: around 20 bank notes, mostly from Kent, c.1800-70

Medals (commemorative or military): around 300, some military, mostly commemorative

Paranumismatica: around 200, including 60 hop tokens



Specific strengths: Roman coins, medals, Kentish trade tokens.


Library: a small collection of around ten volumes including four volumes of Krauss & Mishler, 1600-2000, J J North English Hammered Coins (2 volumess), some Spinks and a few older volumes.





Database used: Adlib.


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? Records are highly detailed, including object number, object name, dimensions, material, description, inscription, date, location, find spot, image and provenance.


Are images incorporated? Around 80% of records feature images, and we are working towards 100%


Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.


Is the database publicly accessible online? (when accessing the database online, please ensure that the Guildhall Museum tick box has been checked)





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.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.


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? No.


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