The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square




tel: +44 (0)20 7841 3600







Contact details: Alison Duke


Date of visit: 23 November 2018


Nature and extent of collection


450 pieces. Foundling Hospital Collection includes military and commemorative medals as well as the Foundling Hospital tokens which include repurposed coins and medals.



All numbers below are estimated


Roman coins: 6

Middle Eastern coins: 7

American coins: 7 Spanish colonial

Medals (commemorative or military): 46

Paranumismatica: 396 Foundling Hospital tokens (includes large percentage of coins, British and European and those detailed above)


Specific strengths: 18th century British coins.


Library: Around 200-300 volumes on Foundling Hospital history and eighteenth century Britain.





Database used: Soutron


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? Basic catalogue entries for all, some records have more detail.


Are images incorporated? Images can be incorporated and will be part of future cataloguing work.


Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet, but we hope it will be in the future.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No, see above.





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. Fate, Hope and Charity, 2013. We have also incorporated tokens in other exhibitions.



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 but it does not include collection objects at the moment.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? N/A


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? N/A


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? N/A



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? No.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? N/A


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


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


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© GG Archard