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Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Morrab Road



TR18 4HE


tel: +44 (0)1736 363625




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Katie Herbert


Date of visit: 5 June 2013


Nature and extent of collection


Around 173 pieces. A relatively small collection of numismatic material that reflects the history of the local area. Coins, medals, tokens and banknotes are featured in the collection.



All numbers below are estimated


Library: 2-3 basic general books.





Database used: MODES


Proportion of collection on database: 75%


How much detail in database entries? Basic details.


Are images incorporated? Yes, around 70% of records include images.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Some basic collections information is available on our website.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No but there are semi-permanent displays of archaeological coins.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, mining tokens are featured in our Social History displays.


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? No, but supervised access to the collection within the musuem store is possible.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Magnifying glasses can be provided.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Some Victorian coins are used for handling sessions with school groups.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Some Victorian coins are used in education sessions with school groups.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? No.


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 no in-house expertise in numismatics but one archaeology volunteer has an interest in coins.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes – Anna Tyacke, Finds Liaison Officer at Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro


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