Bank of England Museum
Bank of England Museum
City of London
020 7601 5545
020 7601 5808
The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to its role in today's economy. Ineractive programmes with graphics and video help explain its many and varied roles. Popular exhibits include a unique collection of banknotes and a genuine gold bar which may be handled.
Closed: Weekends and Public & Bank Holidays. Except for Open Door Day, Open House Weekend and Lord Mayors Show day.
The Museum offers presentations for groups of between 15 and 50 people. Cinema presentations can be adapted to suit the age, knowledge and ability of the group. They are free of charge but their popularity means they must be booked in advance (020 7601 5545).
The First World War and the Bank of England
- 21 July — 31 December 2014 *on now
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, this temporary exhibition will look at the impact the Great War had on the economy, and its effects on the Bank of England and its staff.
- Any age
Making Money: Design your own banknote
- 23 July — 28 August 2014 *on now
During the summer holidays (23 July – 29 August) the Bank of England Museum invites its younger visitors to get creative and design their own banknote to take home. There are many examples of banknotes in the Museum, from the earliest hand-written notes from the 17 century to the highly sophisticated and secure banknotes in use today. However, it is against the law to copy Bank of England notes (that would be forgery!) so your own banknote should be a completely original design.
You can be as creative as you want with every aspect of your note, from the material you would use, to the colours, the shape or even the smell! Will you include a famous historical character or a sportsperson of today? Or perhaps you will choose to include a famous building or landmark? Your imagination is the limit. But don’t forget to include some security features to make the note very difficult to copy! You can learn more about banknotes and their security features in the Museum displays and interactive screens, and at the special presentations taking place in the Museum cinema every day at 1:00pm.
A family fun day out is guaranteed with all the other Museum attractions including banknote jigsaws, a roller ball game, interactive displays and the opportunity for some safe cracking. You can also take the helm of the brand new interactive boat game and set monetary policy to keep inflation steady. Visitors can even try to lift a genuine gold bar -although, weighing 13kg, it will take many people by surprise!
- Any age
Pounds & Pence
A film presentation about money and prices for 8-14 year olds (Key Stages 2 and 3).
This sixty minutes presentation is cross-curricular and contains educational links to English, Maths, History and Citizenship/PSHE/PSE/PSD. The themes covered potentially link to the well-being aims of the Every Child Matters agenda.
Children will enjoy the upbeat style of the film and the humorous scenarios which explain the points in an accessible and entertaining way. Using sheets of new banknotes worth thousands of pounds, children will examine the security features and be encouraged to play an active part throughout the presentation.
How to obtain
To book a free presentation, please call 0207 601 3833 / 3866 / 3951 or email email@example.com