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The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery

Haslingden Road

Rossendale

Lancashire

BB4 6RE

 

tel: +44 (0)1706 218858

 

website: www.thewhitaker.org

 

email: info@thewhitaker.org

 

 

Contact details: Ella Cole; Jackie Taylor

 

Date of visit: 9 December 2015

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

1,444 pieces. The numismatic collection at the Whitaker is relatively small. As local general interest museum with a large social history collection we are particulalrly interested in local tokens and other paranumismatica. However we do also have a Roman, British and world coinage collection.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Greek coins: 1

Roman coins: 110

British coins: 168

Eurpoean coins: 239

Asian coins: 40

Middle Eastern coins: 7

African coins: 23

American coins: 69

Oceania: 10

Modern and paper money: 540

Medals (commemorative or military): 115

Paranumismatica: 122

Specific strengths: Roman coinage and local tokens

 

Library: Our library contains three numismatic volumes: Seaby - Coins of England; Seaby - British Tokens and Their Values;

Spink - Catalogue of British Commemorative Medals

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: We do not yet have a digital database but we do use a card index system.

 

Proportion of collection on database: N/A

 

How much detail in database entries? N/A

 

Are images incorporated? N/A

 

Is the database accessible to the public? N/A

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? N/A

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.

 

Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? No, currently it stands alone, although medals are shown in our WWI & WWII cabinets.

 

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? Not currently.

 

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

 

Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Not currently.

 

 

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? No.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas?

 

If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes, through Museum Development North West, the Harris Museum in Preston and the Money and Medals Network.