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RNLI Heritage Collection


West Quay Road


BH15 1HZ


tel: +44 (0)1202 663511




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Heritage Collections Officer


Date of visit: 11 April 2017


Nature and extent of collection


1,200 pieces. Heritage artefacts related to UK and ROI lifeboat service and the RNLI.



All numbers below are estimated


British coins: 39

British tokens: 14

Modern and paper money: 1 banknote

Medals (commemorative or military): 121

Paranumismatica: 12 certificates; 17 tallies

Other: Around 1,000 badges


Specific strengths: RNLI Gallantry Medals, each of which is inscribed with the name of the recipient, making them unique.


Library: Books and similar material which are related to lifeboats or the RNLI in some way. Both fiction and non-fiction.




































Database used: Modes Complete


Proportion of collection on database: 90%


How much detail in database entries? This is variable. Most records meet minimum SPECTRUM standards.


Are images incorporated? Yes – although for large groups of badges the same image has been used on each record.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? N/A


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? N/A


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? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes - a working area, gloves and magnifying glass can be provided.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes. It is comprised of replica medals which are used for events.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, numismatic objects are used in heritage-run education sessions.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Occasionally numismatic objects are brought out during tours of the Heritage Store.


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. We respond to both internal and external email, phone and written enquiries.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Heritage Collections Officer has previously managed collections which contained coins, medals and communion tokens, but is not a specialist in this area.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas?Yes, we have access to a team of Heritage advisors who have a wide range of relevant experience.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? We are members of the South Western Museums Federation through which we share our experience and knowledge with other museums. We also respond to external enquiries from individuals and organisations.

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