Lancashire Museum Service

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Contact details: Heather Davis (Head of Collections and Conservation); Micahla Jackson-Smith (Social History Curator)


Date of visit: 18 October 2019


Nature and extent of collection


970 pieces. Full details to follow.



All numbers below are estimated


Coins, tokens and currency: 460

Medals (commemorative or military): 510

Full details to follow.


Specific strengths: To follow.


Library: To follow.





Database used: Ke Emu.


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? Most records contain inventory level information with one photo, but the Silverdale Hoard has been recorded in detail.


Are images incorporated? Most records have one image. The Silverdale Hoard has obverse and reverse images and is available via our online collections database.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? N/A


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. Silverdale hoard has been on display in various locations and is to be exhibited at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery summer 2019. The Waddington Hoard was on display in the Museum of Lancashire before closure.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes, we have digital scales, magnifying glasses and a microscope if needed.



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? 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? Dr Dot Boughton, used to work here and is still in contact with the Museum Service. We are able to call on her occasionally for assistance with enquiries.


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