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Herefordshire Museum Service

Museum Resource and Learning Centre

58 Friar Street

Hereford

HR4 0AS

 

tel: +44 (0)1432 383593

 

website: https://beta.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums

 

email: jstevenson@herefordshire.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Judy Stevenson

 

Date of visit: 9 September 2013

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

Around 7,716 pieces.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Greek coins: 7 inc Ancient Malta

Iron Age coins: 3

Roman coins: 4000-4500 approx

British coins: 750 approx

British tokens: 400 tokens, 10 non-British, 1020 Hop tokens

European coins: 10

Asian coins: 3

Middle Eastern coins: 3 Roman

American coins: 1

Modern and paper money: 55 coins, 10 notes

Medals: 124 societies and civilian, 85 Royal, 25 general, 175 miltiary

Paranumismatica: c.20 Coin weights, trade seals, checks etc

Other: 415 military badges, 100 Cloth badges

Specific strengths: Roman coinage, tokens, military badges.

 

Library: around 115 books and periodicals.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used:

 

Proportion of collection on database: 12.5%

 

How much detail in database entries? Mostly entries contain basic information, some are more detailed.

 

Are images incorporated? Approximately 50% of records on the database include images.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, but as an accompanied visit.

 

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

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? Numismatics is displayed as part of a theme.

 

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? Yes.

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, sometimes.

 

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 numismatic knowledge in-house, but not expertise.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have access to Dr David Symons at Birmingham Museum Trust via Angie Bolton & Peter Reavill (PAS) and WeMACRU.

 

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