Bank of England Museum

Bank of England Museum
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The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to its role in today's economy. Interactive 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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 1000-1700

Closed: Weekends and Public & Bank Holidays. Except for Open Door Day, Open House Weekend and Lord Mayors Show day.

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

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).

Collection details

Architecture, Coins and Medals, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Storyteller

The Battle for Toad Hall

  • 15 — 19 February 2016

During the half term week (15 – 19 February) a costumed storyteller will be bringing to life the timeless classic stories from ‘The Wind in The Willows’ whose author, Kenneth Grahame, worked at the Bank for 30 years.

Toad Hall has been taken over by those pesky weasels; it’s a fight against time for Mr Toad and his friends Ratty, Mole and Badger to claim back Toad’s home. Will they succeed and return to Toad Hall, the glorious country house, or will the chief weasel take over forever?

These fun and interactive sessions will spark young ones imaginations…and maybe adults too! Story times are 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm and 4.00pm. Although there is no need to book, space is limited, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Admission and all activities are free

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/Pages/museum/whatson/the-battle-for-toad-hall.aspx

Easter egg and chick

EGGcellent Easter Adventure

  • 29 March — 1 April 2016
  • 4 — 8 April 2016

During the Easter break join the Bank of England Museum for an EGGcellent Easter Adventure, the perfect event to entertain the whole family. Somewhere hidden in the museum is a giant golden egg and three little chicks, follow the treasure trail around the museum to see if you can find them. There is a chocolate egg for every child who takes part. Children can then get creative and become their favourite Easter animal by decorating a mask of their choice.

The Museum offers a variety of exhibits and attractions that guarantee a family fun day out. Young visitors can climb aboard the life-sized boat situated at the center of the Museum Stock Office and enjoy attractions including banknote jigsaws, a roller ball game and the opportunity for some safe cracking! Visitors can also take the helm of our virtual boat game to learn about inflation and try to keep the economy on a stable course. Other popular displays not to be missed include a one million pound note and a genuine gold bar which can be handled – although weighing an impressive 13kg, it’s certain to take a few people by surprise!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/Pages/museum/whatson/eggcellent-easter-adventure.aspx

Gold bars

Museums at Night - Banknotes and Bullion

  • 13 May 2016 5:30-9pm

The Bank of England Museum will be open from 5:30pm to 9:00pm offering a rare opportunity to visit out of regular opening hours. There will be ad-hoc gallery talks by the Museum's team offering a unique insight into some of the most intriguing and fascinating objects of its treasured collections.

Throughout the night there will be presentations on banknotes, with some of the Bank's experts demonstrating easy ways to check that your banknotes are genuine and talking about the upcoming launch of polymer banknotes. Members of the Bank's Bullion team will also be on hand to answer questions about gold and visitors can even try their hand at lifting a genuine bar of gold!

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Pounds & Pence

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/Pages/museum/visiting/talks_interactive.aspx

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.

Languages

  • Welsh

How to obtain

To book a free presentation, please call 0207 601 5545 or email education@bankofengland.co.uk

Bank of England Museum
Bartholomew Lane
London
City of London
EC2R 8AH
England

Website

www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum

E-mail

museum@bankofengland.co.uk

Telephone

020 7601 5545

Fax

020 7601 5808

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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