Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum

Baring Street

South Shields

NE33 2BB


tel: +44 (0)191 277 1410







Contact details: Alex Croom


Date of visit: 27 June 2017


Nature and extent of collection


1,504 pieces. We are a site museum and we collect material from site excavations.



All numbers below are estimated


Roman coins: 1473

Asian coins: 1

Modern and paper money: 18

Medals (commemorative and military): 1

Paranumismatica: Over 400 counters and discs

Specific strengths: Roman coins


Library: Archaeological books, including 23 volumes on coins.





Database used:  Emu


Proportion of collection on database: 66%


How much detail in database entries? Mainly full indeintification information.


Are images incorporated? Yes, but fewer that 1% of records include images.


Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.


Is the database publicly accessible online? Yes:





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.


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? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes - in "Timequest" Archaeological Resiurce Centre.


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? Yes, Alex Croom has basic knowledge of identification of Roman coinage.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, Richard Brickstock is a paid consultant for coins recovered during excavation.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Small-scale assistance for Roman coin identification is avilable when time and resources allow.