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Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum

Sovereign's House

The Mall


Northern Ireland

BT61 9DI


tel: +44 (0)28 3752 2911




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Caroline Corvan; Jonathan Maguire


Date of visit: 3 September 2015


Nature and extent of collection


2,500 pieces. Reopened in 1997 after refurbishment, the museum celebrates the history of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, which have played an important part in Ireland’s history since 1793, including interpretive displays of the Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan Militias from 1793 to 1968.


The innovative displays offer a fresh approach to the interpretation of Irish military history. The collection contains the uniforms, medals, regalia and the two Victoria Crosses won by the Regiment.



All numbers below are estimated


Medals (commemorative or military): Yes, we have a collection of military medals


Specific strengths: Campaign medals.


Library: Around 1,000 volumes on military history and phaleristics with specific strengths in regimental history.





Database used: MODES


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? All known information about each object is included in each record.


Are images incorporated? Yes.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





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? We have ongoing numismatic exhibitions.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes.


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.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Yes, JDJ Maguire has expertise in medals and phaleristics generally.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have contact with P Sheen, Dublin MSOI and dealer etc.


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