MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)151 478 4393
Facebook: Gunnersbury Park and Museum
Contact details: Julia Tubman; Amy Dobson
Date of visit: 16 May 2019
Nature and extent of collection
228 pieces. Local history museum serving two London boroughs, Ealing and Hounslow. Set in a public park with 21 Historic England listed monuments.
Official mission: 1. To use heritage, sports and the natural environment to stimulate connections between people, communities and place. 2. To use our assets to reduce disadvantage and promote physical health and wellbeing. 3. To promote the intrinsic value of conserving, enhancing and developing heritage assets for future generations.
In short: the museum collects and preserves material (archives and objects) relating to Ealing and Hounslow. Past and present communities.
All numbers below are estimated
Roman coins: 26
British coins: 90
British tokens: 58, including local trade tokens
Modern and paper money: 2 ten shilling banknotes
Medals (commemorative or military): 80, including military medals, school sports medals, coronation and jubilee medals, medals relating to life saving, volunteer fire brigade, school attendance, local camera clubs and cycling, Brentford Wheelers Cycling Club, Isleworth Skiff Marathon. Collection includes a mayoral medal chain of office.
Paranumismatica: coin weight
Specific strengths: medals and trade tokens relating to West London local businesses and government.
Library: around 30 volumes with specific strengths in trade tokens and British numismatics.
Database used: Calm.
Proportion of collection on database: 100%
How much detail in database entries? Basic information is included.
Are images incorporated? No.
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, frequently.
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? No.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes, when appropriate.
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.
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? Yes, we have contact with the British Museum.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A