The Garstang Museum of Archaeology

14 Abercromby Square

University of Liverpool

L69 7WZ


tel: +44 (0)151 794 3067







Contact details: Gina Criscenzo Laycock (Curator); Andrew Frith (Curatorial Assistant); Dr Matthew Ponting


Date of visit: 16 July 2015


Nature and extent of collection


1800 pieces. The collection is formed from several private collections and is now held by the university of Liverpool at the Garstang museum. It is used in teaching and displays for the museum.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 312

Iron Age coins: 12

Roman coins: 1216

British coins: 150

British tokens: 10

Asian coins: 10

Middle Eastern coins: 120 Parthian; 120 Arabic

Medals (commemorative or military): 1 commemorative Thames Tunnel medal

Paranumismatica: 10

Specific strengths: We have a very strong range of roman coinage especially from the later empire and provincial coinage.


Library: N/A





Database used: N/A


Proportion of collection on database: N/A


How much detail in database entries? N/A


Are images incorporated? N/A


Is the database accessible to the public? N/A


Is the database publicly accessible online? N/A





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? 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? Yes though not for the general public, only for students and researchers.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes though not for the general public, only for students and researchers.


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? Yes, Dr Matthew Ponting.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have links to Manchester Museum and their conservation programme.


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