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The Phil Silvers Archival Museum

Unit 2c

FarGo Village

Far Gosford Street

Coventry

CV1 5ED

 

tel: +44 (0)7773 579181

 

website: www.bpsas.co.uk

 

email: steviebilko@aol.com

 

Facebook: philsilversarchive

 

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Contact details: Steve Everitt

 

Date of visit: 6 September 2019

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

Small collection of numismatic objects related to the life and career of the US actor and comedian Phil Silvers. The collection includes badges depicting Silvers as well as merchandise from the Sgt Bilko television series.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Paranumismarica: Sgt Bilko themed board games which include toy banknotes

Other: badges depicting Phil Silvers and characters from the Sgt Bilko television series

 

Specific strengths: badges and toy money.

 

Library: N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: N/A

 

Proportion of collection on database: N/A

 

How much detail in database entries? N/A

 

Are images incorporated? N/A

 

Is the database accessible to the public? N/A

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? N/A

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.

 

Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes - badges feature in a number of the displays, and original merchandise from the Sgt Bilko TV series, specifically board games featuring toy banknotes, are also on show.

 

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? No.

 

Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? N/A

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? N/A

 

Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? N/A

 

Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? N/A

 

 

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? Yes - Steve Everitt and Mick Clews.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have contact with Phil Silvers' family.

 

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

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