This exhibition which has been staged by the Museum’s Curator of Money and Medals, Dr David Robinson, covers Money in a variety of forms, tokens from Frome and elsewhere that were circulated when the national currency was in short supply plus other artefacts relating to trade. This last category includes two beautifully kept ledgers from Allards the Saddlers in Christchurch Street West. There are also scales of various sorts – have you ever wondered for example how paper is weighed?
Many younger visitors will never have encountered our pre-decimal currency of pounds, shillings and pence. To help them with this there is for example a shove-halfpenny board (a game played in public houses) and a display of 240 George V pennies (one pound in old money but not less than a kilo in weight).
The exhibition explores the concept of other kinds of money including “Monopoly Money”, “Stage Money”, “Chocolate Money” and sea shells.
Hoards of money are not forgotten and two small collections of coins from Frome and Beckington are displayed. Also come to see a fine example of the largest copper coin ever minted in the UK – a George III two pence of 1797 and Maundy money.
The Museum regularly receives new donations of money related artefacts. The most recent example is a fascinating small collection of rare early 19th century banknotes a generous gift from FDC Law; a Frome law firm which was already operating in the 17th century and of which Frome Museum Trustee Hilary Daniel was a partner for many years.
Groups including school groups are welcome to visit and Barry Edwards our Trustee responsible for Education will be contacting schools in the area shortly. As ever there will be various family friendly activities. Visits from societies and other groups are also most welcome. Also if you have any coins you would like to be identified please make an appointment. All Enquiries should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 01373 454611.
This is a rare late 18th century token showing Coalbrookdale Bridge with a boat sailing underneath. The reverse shows Ketley Inclined Plane. It had a face value of a halfpenny but is valued today at over £50.