London boasts a range of museums and collections which incorporate money and medals. Some of the larger collections include the national collection of over 1 million coins and medals held at the British Museum; the rich archaeological material from the capital held at the Museum of London; the National Maritime Museum has a collection of around 5000 coins and medals with a maritime or Greenwich association. Working links to partner institutions coming soon.
Bank of England Museum
Items from the Bank's collections are displayed in its Museum where they are used to illustrate the history of the institution and its role today at the centre of the UK economy.
The British Museum was founded as a national institution with an international frame of reference. Two and a half centuries later it is perhaps the only single collection in the world where the history of mankind can be told through material culture over a span of two million years.
The Foundling Museum
They say 'The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. We aim to inspire everyone to make a positive contribution to society, by celebrating the power of individuals and the arts to change lives.'
They say 'The Garden Museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events and garden.'
Historic Royal Palaces
They say 'Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. Our aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.'
Imperial War Museum
They say 'In 1917 the Cabinet decided that a National War Museum should be set up to collect and display material relating to the Great War, which was still being fought. The interest taken by the Dominion governments led to the museum being given the title of Imperial War Museum.'
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
They say 'The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia.'
London Transport Museum
They say 'By conserving and interpreting the Capital city's transport heritage, London Transport Museum offers people an understanding of the Capital's past and engages them in the debate about its future.'
The Magic Circle Museum
They say 'The Magic Circle realised a long held ambition in 1998 when we opened our own purpose built Headquarters in Euston, close to London's West End. Here, in addition to our superb, fully equipped theatre, we have our libraries, splendid museum, and on display our vast collection of posters and memorabilia relating to the history of mystery.'
Metropolitan Police Heritage Collection
They say 'General collection of archives and objects relating to the history of the Metropolitan Police Service.'
Michael Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution
They say 'With displays spread across three floors, the stuff of science is woven throughout the Ri building. In fact, wherever you go, you'll discover the instruments and people that have made science work for the last two hundred years.'
Museum of London
The Museum of London is an award winning, charitable institution, funded by a variety of organisations and individuals including The City of London and GLA.
Museum of London (Archaeological Archive)
They say 'Every time a new skyscraper is built in London, or a new train line tunnelled, we discover more about Londoners' lives throughout the ages. The collection includes artefacts from these excavations, as well as archaeologist’s records and plans for the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive.'
Museum of the Order of St John
They say 'The Museum of the Order of St John tells a unique and fascinating story — the story of the Order of St John — from its origins in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.'
'The National Army Museum, Chelsea, is the home of the history and heritage of the Army. Our mission is to engage and inspire everyone with the stories of soldiers and how their service shapes the world; past, present and future. The Museum’s vision is to share the history and heritage of our soldiers and their service in the Army, across the globe and down the centuries. Through our galleries and research, we explore the history of the Army from its origins over 350 years ago to the present day.'
National Maritime Museum
The world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of discovery and adventure at sea. Explore our vast collection and enjoy free wifi in the comfort of the Compass Lounge. Steer a ship into port and fire a cannon at a dastardly pirate ship.
National Portrait Gallery
They say 'Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and ... to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.'
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
They say 'The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period. '
Royal College of Physicians
They say 'Founded in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII, the Royal College of Physicians of London is the oldest medical college in England. It continues to play a pivotal role in raising standards and shaping public health today.'
They say 'The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.'
Society of Antiquaries of London
They say 'The collections contain 50,000 objects ranging from prehistoric, classical and medieval antiquities, seal matrices and impressions, and paintings, as well as items relating to the history of the Society.'
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects.
They say 'Enfield Museum Service's collections contains artefacts from all across the borough. There are approximately 17,000 artefacts in the collection. These illustrate the local, social and political history of Enfield.'
Gunnersbury Park Museum
They say 'Inside the Museum, you’ll find stories about prominent local people, both from history and the modern day.'
Hall Place, Bexley
Bexley Heritage Trust is responsible for the care and management of Bexley’s extensive museum collection, comprising over 50,000 objects. The collection is diverse ranging from natural history, geology and archaeology to costume, painting and furniture.
Headstone Manor & Museum
They say 'Discover the intriguing tales and fascinating facts of Harrow’s History with free museum entry and a host of exhibitions, family activities and community events at Headstone Manor & Museum!'
Old Speech Room Gallery, Harrow School
They say 'The Old Speech Room was built around 1820 as a space where boys could learn the art of public speaking. In 1976, it was converted into a gallery for the School's distinguished collection of antiquities and fine art.'
They say 'Wandsworth Museum tells the story of Wandsworth and its surrounds and celebrates the Borough’s heritage. It aims to be an exciting, successful, independent and sustainable Museum with education as the focus for its activities.'