MONEY & MEDALS
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Contact details: Alexia Clark; Fern Ryan; Kevin Ward
Date of visit: 19 November 2014
Nature and extent of collection
3000 pieces. The primary aim is to collect objects made, used or found locally. Also, historically we have acquired collections put together by local people which account for a small number of foreign coins.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 23
Iron Age coins: c coins; 1 currency bar
Roman coins: 179
British coins: Around 2000
British tokens: 466
European coins: Around 250
African coins: 3
American coins: 2
Modern and paper money: 14 banknotes – 6 foreign, 8 British
Paranumismatica: Up to 100
Other: Up to 100
Specific strengths: British coins and tokens, European coins.
Library: Around fifty volumes: mainly generic books on British coinage, a few books on Romano British coinage.
Database used: Microsoft Access
Proportion of collection on database: 100%
How much detail in database entries? Variable from as little as ‘coin’ to nicely detailed entries with provenance and useable data.
Are images incorporated? No.
Is the database accessible to the public? Not directly, although staff will provide information from it to enquirers on request.
Is the database publicly accessible online? No.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, but very limited.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Sometimes, 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? Not at present, but students can be accommodated on request and under supervision.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Some equipment can be provided, yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? There are a small number of coins within the separate handling collection run by the learning team.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Only as supplementary objects – there are no sessions directly focussed on them.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Occasionally, yes.
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 access to FLO in Gloucester/Bristol for assistance with archaeological finds.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A