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The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Bethesda Street

City Centre

Stoke-on-Trent

ST1 3DW

 

tel: +44 (0)1782 232323

 

website: stokemuseums.org.uk

 

email: deb.klemperer@stoke.gov.uk; sam.richardson@stoke.gov.uk

 

 

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.

 

 

Databases

 

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.

 

 

Display

 

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.

 

 

Curatorial knowledge

 

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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