MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)1326 313388
Contact details: Sarah Riddle
Date of visit: 5 June 2013
Nature and extent of collection
Around 25 pieces. The museum has three collecting strands:
1. Objects, boats, paintings and documents relating to the maritime history of Cornwall
2. The history of small boats (under 30ft in length) within a national context
3. The sea
All numbers below are estimated
Specific strengths: Falmouth Docks tokens.
Library: approximately 20,000 books and magazines relating to maritime history with an emphasis on Cornish history, including some publications on naval medals and insignia.
Database used: MODES
Proportion of collection on database: 90%
How much detail in database entries? Dimensions, inscriptions, condition etc (as well as all relevant SPECTRUM required fields) are entered. However we do not have the context for the coins and their place within the field of numismatics.
Are images incorporated? Yes, but not all objects are photographed – so about 10% of records include images.
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? 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? Additional lighting is available.
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? 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.
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