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Contact details: Sean Baggaley


Date of visit: TBA


Nature and extent of collection


1500 pieces. The collections held within the museum reflect life in Oldham. The numismatic collection is relatively small but has specific strengths in local tokens and commemorative medals.



All numbers below are estimated


Roman coins: 40

British coins: 550

British tokens: 400

European coins: 100

Medals: 350

Specific strengths: Local tokens and commemorative medals.


Library: N/A





Database used: CALM


Proportion of collection on database: 70%


How much detail in database entries? This varies.


Are images incorporated? No.


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? 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? Not at the moment, but there are plans to provide this facility in the future.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes - a small handling collection is occasionally used for reminiscence work.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Sometimes, yes.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Yes - in the past badge making has been a part of engagement sessions related to medal collections.



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? Manchester Museum's numismatic expertise is occasionally called upon.


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

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