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Museum of Bath at Work

Julian Road




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Contact details: Stuart Burroughs


Date of visit: 21 August 2013


Nature and extent of collection


306 pieces. Collection trade tokens (public houses) and stamping dies. Collection of worker tally tokens from local businesses



All numbers below are estimated


British tokens: 219 tokens from various public houses as produced from the associated stamping dies; 67 worker tally tokens from local businesses

Other: Collection of 20 steel and iron stamping dies of public house tokens


Specific strengths: Local tokens and token dies.


Library: Two publications on dies and tokens, a number of books on public house use of tokens.





Database used: Microsoft Access


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? Description, dimensions, material, association, date of accession, etc


Are images incorporated? Yes.


Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, at the museum.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Not yet.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Not at present.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, but through representative images on graphic panels.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? None that focus specifically on numismatics.



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.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? N/A



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? We have appropriate knowledge about our collection of tokens.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes: Bath & North East Somerset Council Heritage Services Dept/South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries.


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