MONEY & MEDALS
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Contact details: Kirsty Macklen
Date of visit: 2012
Nature and extent of collection
All numbers below are estimated
Roman coins: Yes
British coins: Yes
British tokens: Yes
European coins: Yes
American coins: Yes
Modern and Paper Money: Yes
Specific strengths: Roman, pre decimalised coinage.
Database used: Modes
Proportion of collection on database: 70-80%
How much detail in database entries? Most have descriptions of obverse and reverse, diameters, dates and where came from.
Are images incorporated? Very few records include images.
Is the database accessible to the public? No.
Is the database publicly accessible online? No.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes as part of medieval case displays.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes this is the only way we display numismatics.
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes we hold two temporary exhibitions a year.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? No.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? No.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No, but we do have some replica coins for use by schools.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes our education team have bought replica sets of Anglo Saxon, Greek, Viking, Roman and Elizabethan coin sets for their loans boxes that go out to schools.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Not really. They are mentioned if a volunteer talks generally to visitors about our permanent display cases of which they feature some Elizabethan and Norman coins.
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 we do. The Collections manager carries out this duty.
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? The Portable Antiquities Scheme; the British Museum.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A