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National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road

London

Chelsea

SW3 4HT

 

tel: +44 (0)207 881 2471

 

website: www.nam.ac.uk

 

email: epurvis@nam.ac.uk

 

 

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

Paranumismatica: Yes

Other: Yes

 

Specific strengths: Objects relating to the Indian Army.

 

Library: We have 15-20 numismatic books in our curatorial reference library.

 

 

Databases

 

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

 

 

Display

 

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.

 

 

Curatorial knowledge

 

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.