MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)1782 232323
Contact details: Deb Klemperer; Sam Richardson
Date of visit: 23 March 2016
Nature and extent of collection
16,025 pieces. Archaeology from Staffordshire (post-1974)
county and social history items are actively collected.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: Fewer than 30
Iron Age coins: Fewer than 50
Roman coins: c. 5,000
British coins: c. 5,000
British tokens: c. 250
European coins: Fewer than 20
Middle Eastern coins: Fewer than 10
African coins: Fewer than 5
American coins: Fewer than 10
Modern and paper money: c. 5,000
Medals (commemorative or military): c. 500
Paranumismatica: Fewer than 50
Other: c. 100
Specific strengths: Archaeological coin hoards: Lightwood, Tutbury and Cheadle especially.
Library: Small collection of coin ID books.
Database used: Modes
Proportion of collection on database:
How much detail in database entries? Some records are very detailed.
Are images incorporated? Generally no, but a small number of records for coins include images.
Is the database accessible to the public? No.
Is the database publicly accessible online? No.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, a few coins from the Lightwood Hoard are currently on display.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? From time to time, yes.
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? No, but all the Tutbury material was loaned to the British Museum for a temporary exhibition in 2009.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Space can be prepared to accommodate this, yes,
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.
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 - the Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer for Staffordshire and West Midlands visits every two months.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Yes, Deb Klemperer has basic numismatic knowledge and received British Musuem training in the 1990s.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, via specialist reports for Treasure and we have links with the British Museum.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? We have no capacity at present , but are willing to host small/large SSN meetings if others lead, as we have excellent meeting facilities.
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