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Warwickshire Museum

Market Place


CV34 4SA


tel: 01926 412 132




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Sara Wear


Date of visit: 1st March 2013


Nature and extent of collection


10,000 pieces. Current area of collecting: Warwickshire, including coins from excavations, hoards and individual finds. Collection includes Newdigate Collection of Ancient Greek and Roman coins (a Grand Tour collection).



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: A small collection

Iron Age coins: A small collection

Roman coins: A large collection

British coins: A large collection

British tokens: A small collection

European coins: A small collection

Modern and paper money: A small collection

Medals: A small collection

Paranumismatica: A small collection


Specific strengths: Roman, hoards (Roman, Medieval and Civil War), the Warwick Mint.


Library: around 30 books. Catalogues, some articles/individual works relevant to Warwickshire Museum collections. Also includes Full set of Roman Imperial Coinage, Crawford and the Newdigate Collection catalogue.





Database used: AdLib for Museums


Proportion of collection on database: around 80%


How much detail in database entries? At the moment, around 50% of those already entered are fully catalogued. The rest have a ‘Rapid Entry’ (a specific tab used in AdLib) which enables us to enter the basic information on the object initially.


Are images incorporated? Yes, around 50% of the coins have images attached to the file, a further 20% have images, which are waiting to be uploaded.


Is the database accessible to the public? Not online, but it is possible for researchers to access it by appointment.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Not yet.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, incorporated into the main archaeological displays.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes, within the existing structure of the Archaeology gallery.


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? Some equipment can be provided.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions?


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


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? We have Iron Age coin dies and some activity sheets based on Medieval long cross coins and Iron Age staters.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes, in addition to the PAS.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Only one curatorial member of staff (Curator of Human History) has any numismatic knowledge, which is very general.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, Dr Stanley Ireland (formerly of University of Warwick) for Greek and Roman coins. Angie Bolton (Finds Liaison Officer) for everything else.


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