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Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

Department of Classics

School of Humanities

University of Reading

Whiteknights

Reading

RG6 6AA

 

tel: +44 (0)118 378 6990

 

website: www.reading.ac.uk/ure

 

email: ure@reading.ac.uk

 

 

Contact details: Professor Amy Smith, Curator; Ms. Guja Bandini, Assistant Curator

 

Date of visit: 5 November 2013

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

50 pieces. Mediterranean archaeology, especially Greek ceramics. Numismatic collection is comprised of Greek and Roman coins as well as casts of coins from various countries and periods.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Greek coins: 10

Roman coins: 40

Paranumismatica: 15 electrotypes on loan from the Ashmolean Museum; large collection of casts of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval and Chinese coins from various periods

Other: 10 shells

Specific strengths: Greek and Roman coinage.

 

Library: Library collection is contained within the main University library.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: Bespoke database.

 

Proportion of collection on database: 98%

 

How much detail in database entries? This is variable.

 

Are images incorporated? Yes, at least 60% of records include images.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Yes: http://uredb.reading.ac.uk/cgi-bin/ure/uredb.cgi

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, but only electrotypes and fractions are included.

 

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? No.

 

 

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? Not yet.

 

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? No.

 

 

Curatorial knowledge

 

Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Yes, the museum curator studied at the American Numismatic Society.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have consulted colleagues at Ashmolean Museum in the past.

 

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

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