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Walsall Museum Service

Walsall Leather Museum

Littleton Street West

Walsall

WS2 8EQ

 

tel: +44 (0)1922 652288

 

website: http://cms.walsall.gov.uk/index/libraries_museums_and_arts/museums/walsall_museum.htm

 

email: museum@walsall.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Catherine Lister

 

Date of visit: 23 September 2013

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

300 pieces. Current areas of collecting: Material found in or used in Walsall Borough.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Roman coins: 4

British coins: 71

British tokens: 92

European coins: 80

Asian coins: 18

African coins: 5

American coins: 20

Oceania: 1

Modern and paper money: 159

Medals (commemorative or military): 160

Paranumismatica: 92

Other: 2 sets Maundy Money (Victoria / Edward VII)

Commemorative coins (Jubilees / Festival of Britain)

 

 

Specific strengths: Modern money, British coins and tokens, medals.

 

Library: N/A

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: CALM

 

Proportion of collection on database: 100%

 

How much detail in database entries? Coins and tokens: Basic: Acc. No; name; brief description

(identification); date (if known); location

Medals: Good: Acc. No, name; description; date; material; dimensions; location.

 

Are images incorporated? Yes.  There are images of 19 coins and tokens, 57 medals.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? Yes: http://blackcountryhistory.org/

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.

 

Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Occasionally, yes.

 

Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.

 

Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Small displays of military medals; Civil War era coins exhibited as part of a larger display.

 

 

Access to the collection

 

Is there a study facility? Yes, A general study facility is available.

 

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

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? Yes but it contains very few numismatic items.

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Medals and coins have been used in the past but there are no education sessions at present.

 

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? We offer a general enquiry service but suggest the enquirer contact a larger museum for more specialist information.

 

 

Curatorial knowledge

 

Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No.

 

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

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