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Milton Keynes Museum

McConnell Drive


Milton Keynes

MK12 5EL


tel: +44 (0)1908 316222




email: [email protected]


Instagram: @miltonkeynesmuseum


Contact details: Tabatha Barton, Archaeological Curator and Collections Conservator; Sarah Chard-Cooper, Collections Manager


Date of visit: 24 January 2020


Nature and extent of collection


2,500 pieces. The Milton Keynes Museum's purpose of collecting is to show and interpret the history of Milton Keynes before and after the construction of the new city. The museum collection has a strong focus on local industry and agriculture. The area of collecting includes Milton Keynes itself, as well as surrounding towns and villages.


The museum also plans to house all of the archaeology found by commercial units within Milton Keynes. Currently, it houses all the material from the Milton Keynes archaeological unit, and there are plans to take in the rest of the archaeology too.



All numbers below are estimated


Iron Age coins: 9

Roman coins: 1,606

British coins: 630

British tokens: Accounted for within paranumismatica (see below)

European coins: 1

Modern coins (1800-onwards): 112 in the social history collection

Medals (commemorative or military): 2 in our archaeological collection

Paranumismatica: 141 jetton/tokens; 5 token/game pieces

Other: 29 money boxes in our social history collection



Specific strengths: The archaeological collection holds a wide range of coins from the Roman empire (1st century CE-5th century CE), with the majority of those coins being 3rd to 4th century CE.


Library: General museum library focusing on social history, crafts, local history and the Victorian era.





Database used: Modes.


Proportion of collection on database: 67%


How much detail in database entries? Database entries range from basic information (accession number, simple name, description) to more detailed.


Are images incorporated? N/A


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? No.


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? PPE and some equipment can be provided.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Not for numismatics.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Where appropriate, coins from the archaeological collection are used in education sessions.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? We do not currently have gallery talks or lectures.


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 have a public enquiries system.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Our Archaeological Curator and Collections Conservator has expertise in identifying Roman coins, mostly first and second century, but also third and fourth century.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? We have contact with our local Finds Liaison Officer and the British Museum who have provided assistance in the past.


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