MONEY & MEDALS
London boasts a range of museums and collections which incorporate money and medals. Some of the larger collections include the national collection of over 1 million coins and medals held at the British Museum; the rich archaeological material from the capital held at the Museum of London; the National Maritime Museum has a collection of around 5000 coins and medals with a maritime or Greenwich association.
Bexley Heritage Trust is responsible for the care and management of Bexley’s extensive museum collection, comprising over 50,000 objects. The collection is diverse ranging from natural history, geology and archaeology to costume, painting and furniture.
They say 'The Old Speech Room was built around 1820 as a space where boys could learn the art of public speaking. In 1976, it was converted into a gallery for the School's distinguished collection of antiquities and fine art.'
They say 'Wandsworth Museum tells the story of Wandsworth and its surrounds and celebrates the Borough’s heritage. It aims to be an exciting, successful, independent and sustainable Museum with education as the focus for its activities.'
Items from the Bank's collections are displayed in its Museum where they are used to illustrate the history of the institution and its role today at the centre of the UK economy.
The British Museum was founded as a national institution with an international frame of reference. Two and a half centuries later it is perhaps the only single collection in the world where the history of mankind can be told through material culture over a span of two million years.
They say 'In 1917 the Cabinet decided that a National War Museum should be set up to collect and display material relating to the Great War, which was still being fought. The interest taken by the Dominion governments led to the museum being given the title of Imperial War Museum.'
They say 'The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia.'
London Transport Museum
They say 'By conserving and interpreting the Capital city's transport heritage, London Transport Museum offers people an understanding of the Capital's past and engages them in the debate about its future.'
They say 'The Magic Circle realised a long held ambition in 1998 when we opened our own purpose built Headquarters in Euston, close to London's West End. Here, in addition to our superb, fully equipped theatre, we have our libraries, splendid museum, and on display our vast collection of posters and memorabilia relating to the history of mystery.'
They say 'With displays spread across three floors, the stuff of science is woven throughout the Ri building. In fact, wherever you go, you'll discover the instruments and people that have made science work for the last two hundred years.'
The Museum of London is an award winning, charitable institution, funded by a variety of organisations and individuals including The City of London and GLA.
They say 'The Museum of the Order of St John tells a unique and fascinating story — the story of the Order of St John — from its origins in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.'
They say 'The National Army Museum’s study collection is a world-class resource that tells the fascinating story of the British Army and its role in shaping the world we live in today.
The world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of discovery and adventure at sea. Explore our vast collection and enjoy free wifi in the comfort of the Compass Lounge. Steer a ship into port and fire a cannon at a dastardly pirate ship.
They say 'The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period. '
They say 'The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.'