MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)1874 613 310
Contact details: Richard Davies
Date of visit: 22 August 2017
Nature and extent of collection
6,750 pieces. The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh is an amalgamation of the collections of two separate museums: the South Wales Borderers Museum (based in Brecon), and the Welch Regiment Museum (based in Cardiff). Officers in both regiments appear to have begun collecting material relevant to their respective histories in about 1934. The closure of the Welch Regiment Museum in 2009 saw the collection transferred to Brecon and the creation of the current Museum. We have been located in our current building, a listed structure dating from 1805, since the official opening on 10th September 1967.
The Museum’s purpose
This is our mission statement.
• To maintain a leading international military museum which tells the story of over 300 years of service by soldiers of the 24th Regiment, the 41st Regiment, the 69th Regiment, the South Wales Borderers, the Monmouthshire Regiment, the Welch Regiment, the Royal Regiment of Wales and the Royal Welsh by displaying a diverse range of artefacts in an agreeable, informative and attractive manner to the widest possible audience.
• To assist in keeping the modern Army and the Regiment in the public eye as a positive benefit to recruiting and public awareness.
• To conserve and document the Regimental archives and artefacts.
• To make the archives and artefacts easily accessible to researchers and the families of those who have served with the Regiment, and for educational purposes.
Our areas of collecting
We collect material relating to the following regiments and those who served with them. The earliest incarnations of both the 24th and 41st date back to 1689, so our period of interest begins then and ends with the present day.
• 24th (later the South Wales Borderers).
• 41st (later the Welch Regiment).
• 69th (South Lincolnshires).
• The Monmouthshires.
• The Royal Regiment of Wales.
• The Royal Welsh.
All numbers below are estimated
British coins: Coins from the East India Company.
British tokens: Very small collection, including some canteen tallies.
African coins: South African coins from the Boer War.
Modern and paper money: Examples of notes and coins from the countries in which the various regiments saw service, as well as the famous “Queen’s shilling”; approximately 50 items. A fair collection of banknotes dating from World War Two onwards, from countries including Germany, Japan, China, Russia, Iraq, Nepal and Hong Kong. Collection includes military issue money from Austria and Japanese occupational currencies.
Medals: Military medals from the Royal Welsh regiment and its antecedent units; approximately 6,700 objects. Military medals include a number of Victoria Crosses and medals and miniatures relating to the Battle of Rorke's Drift. Collection also includes an American Temperance Society medal and sporting medals relating to boxing, tug-of-war etc.
Paranumismatica: Bank account books.
Other: 34 sweetheart brooches and a collection of 1700 badges, including lapel badges and cap badges.
Specific strengths: Medals, specifically the Victoria Crosses we have in the permanent collection.
Library: A small collection of reference books related to medals.
Database used: MODES
Proportion of collection on database: 100%
How much detail in database entries? Usually recipient of medal as a minimum; also denomination of note and country of origin.
Are images incorporated? No.
Is the database accessible to the public? No.
Is the database publicly accessible online? No.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? No.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? N/A
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Yes.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Some equipment can be provided, yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes. We offer a World War Two programme that explains rationing and therefore includes pre-decimal coinage.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? 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? One of the Museum’s Trustees is very knowledgeable, although the reference books we use are very thorough.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? We have a good relationship with a number of auction houses.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes.