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MONEY & MEDALS

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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Freemasons’ Hall

60 Great Queen Street

London

WC2B 5AZ

 

tel: +44 (0)20 7395 9257

 

website: www.freemasonry.london.museum

 

email: libmus @ freemasonry.london.museum

 

Contact details: Diane Clements

 

Date of visit: 27 September 2013

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

12,000 pieces. The Library and Museum holds regalia, jewels (medals) and artefacts associated with Freemasonry together with archive records and printed material.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Medals (commemorative or military): 2000

Other: 10,000 masonic medals for individual lodges and masonic organisations

Specific strengths: Masonic medals.

 

Databases

 

Database used: EOS.

 

Proportion of collection on database: All commemorative medals will be catalogued by the end of 2013.

 

How much detail in database entries? Full details.

 

Are images incorporated? Yes, on all records.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, via the website.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Yes: www.freemasonry.london.museum/catalogue.php

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? Selected material is displayed within themed displays.

 

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? Some equipment is provided, yes.

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? Not yet, but this may be a future development.

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Not at present.

 

Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes, but on a limited basis .

 

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 considerable in-house expertise on masonic aspects of the collection.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes.

 

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

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