MONEY & MEDALS
Royal Hospital Road
tel: +44 (0)207 881 2471
email: [email protected]
Contact details: Edward Purvis, Collections Care Team Leader
Date of visit: 30 November 2015
Nature and extent of collection
50,000 pieces. Collection of British Army badges and medals.
All numbers below are estimated
British coins: Yes
British tokens: Yes
European coins: Yes
Military medals: Yes
Specific strengths: Objects relating to the Indian Army.
Library: We have 15-20 numismatic books in our curatorial reference library.
Database used: CABAL - FileMaker Pro DB
Proportion of collection on database: Around 50%
How much detail in database entries? This varies.
Are images incorporated? Yes, around 20% of records contain images.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.
Is the database publicly accessible online? Yes - www.nam.ac.uk
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Not at present - the museum is currently undergoing redevelopment and is due to reopen September-November 2016.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? See above.
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? See above.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? See above.
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? N/A
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Yes.
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 contact with other institutions with badge and medal collections.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes.