St John’s Gate




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Contact details: Tom Foakes; Abigail Turner


Date of visit: 16 April 2014


Nature and extent of collection


4816 pieces. The Museum and Library will collect objects, pictorial material, books, manuscripts and documents relating to the history of the Orders of St John in the widest sense, and related topics. The Museum aims to collect material which represents facets of the Order’s history not already represented by the collections, or to fill gaps in existing collections.



All numbers below are estimated


European coins: 1240

Middle Eastern coins: 325

African coins: 91

Medals: 2400

Other: 760

Specific strengths: Crusader coins; Grand Master coins (Cyprus, Rhodes and Malta).


Library: Around 8000 volumes with specific strengths in Religious Military Orders, the Crusades and Malta.





Database used: MuseumPlus


Proportion of collection on database: 95%


How much detail in database entries? Very little for all but Crusader coins.


Are images incorporated? No.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? No.


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, balances, magnifying sheets and rulers are available,



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes (reproduction)


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.


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? Our service mainly deals with family history enquiries.  We do not offer a service for identifying objects.



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? No.


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

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