The Derby Collection, Knowsley Hall



L34 4AG


tel: +44 (0)151 481 3314







Contact details: Dr Stephen Lloyd


Date of visit: 22nd April 2013


Nature and extent of collection


680 pieces. Historic aristocratic collection, probably formed in the 19th Century; rediscovered in 2013.



All numbers below are estimated


Roman: 600

British coins: 30 (medieval)

British tokens: 10

European: 20

Asian: 1

Modern: 10

Medals: 10

Specific strengths: Roman - the collection covers a broad period from the end of the Republic (1st Century BC) to around AD 400.


Library: N/A





Database used: File Maker Pro


Proportion of collection on database: N/A


How much detail in database entries? This varies.


Are images incorporated? Yes.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No, as this is a private collection.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? No.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? N/A


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? N/A



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes, magnifying glasses and lights can be provided.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.


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? N/A



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No, but the curator is a Classicist.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, through links with National Museums Liverpool and the British Museum.


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