Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Museum Street




tel: +44 (0)1254 667130







Contact details: Vinai Solanki


Date of visit: 23rd April 2013


Nature and extent of collection


8,000 pieces. The bulk of the collection came from one collector. The rest was collected by curatorial staff and through bequests.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 1,500

Roman coins: 2,000

British coins: 1,200

European coins: Fewer than 500

Asian coins: Fewer than 300

Modern and paper money: Fewer than 50

Medals: Fewer than 50

Specific strengths: Roman bronzes, silvers, Greek silver, British .


Library: Approximately 60 books including modern and older reference books with specific strengths in Roman and Greek numismatics plus pre-1930s material.





Database used: Modes


Proportion of collection on database: 50%


How much detail in database entries? Name, year, type, metal.


Are images incorporated? Not yet.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.


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? Yes – The Twelve Caesars (Roman); Kings and Queens of Britain.



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? Yes.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.


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


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? There is some curatorial expertise but no in-depth expertise.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? No.


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

Blackburn Museum