Museum of London (Archaeological Archive)

Mortimer Wheeler House


46 Eagle Wharf Road


N1 7ED


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Contact details: Michol Stocco


Date of visit: 13 April 2018


Nature and extent of collection


20,000 pieces. The Museum of London Archaeological Archive is the world biggest archive of its kind. It stores and curates over 100,000 boxes of archaeology excavated from across London.


The collection, which is constantly growing, tells the history of London from prehistory to our time and includes all types of archaeological materials: ceramic, bones, glass, metals, wood, environmental etc. We also store excavation paper archive, plans, publications and photographs.



All numbers below are estimated


Iron Age coins: Over 400

Roman coins: Over 8000

British tokens: Over 5000




Specific strengths: Coins from Archaeological context.


Library: We have a library dedicated to archaeology in London, but it features very few numismatic publications.





Database used: Mimsy.


Proportion of collection on database: N/A


How much detail in database entries? This varies - most of the numismatic collection on the database is identified. A limited number of records feature information such as weight, dimensions etc.


Are images incorporated? A limited number of records feature images.


Is the database accessible to the public? The database is partially accessible to the public.


Is the database publicly accessible online? Yes:





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Coins and medals are included in the permanent displays but there is not a dedicated numismatic display.


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? There has been a small exhibition about modern money.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes, we do have one study room dedicated to paper archives and several desks where people can study the finds.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, to a limited degree.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Not at the moment.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes, we do have PAS staff and an enquiries email address.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Michol Stocco –Roman coins


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? Yes, we are happy to help and share expertise with other institutions.