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West Highland Museum

Cameron Square

Fort William


PH33 6AJ


tel: +44 (0)1397 702169




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Fiona Marwick; Colleen Foggo


Date of visit: TBC


Nature and extent of collection


355 pieces. Relatively small collection of coins, communion tokens, medals and paper money. Our collections policy relates to anything to do with the history of the West Highlands.



All numbers below are estimated


British coins: 100

Paper money: 5

Medals (commemorative or military): Around 50

Paranumismatica: Around 200 communion tokens

Specific strengths: Communion tokens.


Library: 3000-5000 volumes related to the history of the Highlands with specific strengths in Jacobite history.





Database used: ADLIB


Proportion of collection on database: N/A


How much detail in database entries? Database entries include as much detail as possible.


Are images incorporated? Not yet but they will be.


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? No, except for touchpieces.


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? No.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.


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? Yes.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? We have some general numismatic expertise.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have links with that National Museum of Scotland.


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