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Roman Baths Museum

Stall Street

Bath

BA1 1LZ

 

tel: +44 (0)1225 477779

 

website: www.romanbaths.co.uk

 

email: susan_fox@bathnes.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Susan Fox

 

Date of visit: 21 August 2013

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

17,072 pieces. There is a strong collection of Roman coins of which the most important are those excavated from the King’s Spring. There are also coins from the Saxon mint at Bath as well as a number of ancient coins (mostly Roman), a representative collection of English coinage from the Saxon period to the 20th century, miscellaneous foreign coins, commemorative medals, jettons and reckoning counters. There is also a very comprehensive collection of local 17th, 18th and 19th century tokens, tickets, inn checks and banknotes from Bath and north eastern Somerset.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Specific strengths: Roman coinage.

 

Library: A collection of around 70 numismatic books which includes a full set of Roman Imperial Coinage.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: MicroMusee

 

Proportion of collection on database: 90%

 

How much detail in database entries? Records are as complete as possible.

 

Are images incorporated? Yes, around 1% include images.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No.

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.

 

Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.

 

Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.

 

Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes, there have been exhibitions of banknotes and 18th century tokens.

 

 

Access to the collection

 

Is there a study facility? Yes.

 

Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? No.

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? N/A

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, sometimes.

 

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

 

Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Not yet.

 

 

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, there is some expertise in Roman numismatics.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? No.

 

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