National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road





tel: +44 (0)207 881 2471







Contact details: Edward Purvis, Collections Care Team Leader


Date of visit: 30 November 2015


Nature and extent of collection


50,000 pieces. Collection of British Army badges and medals.



All numbers below are estimated


British coins: Yes

British tokens: Yes

European coins: Yes

Military medals: Yes

Paranumismatica: Yes

Other: Yes


Specific strengths: Objects relating to the Indian Army.


Library: We have 15-20 numismatic books in our curatorial reference library.





Database used: CABAL - FileMaker Pro DB


Proportion of collection on database: Around 50%


How much detail in database entries? This varies.


Are images incorporated? Yes, around 20% of records contain images.


Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.


Is the database publicly accessible online? Yes -





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Not at present - the museum is currently undergoing redevelopment and is due to reopen September-November 2016.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? See above.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? See above.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? See above.



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.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? N/A


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Yes.



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? Yes - we have contact with other institutions with badge and medal collections.


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