Bank of England Museum
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.
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).
Stories from the City: The Bank of England in literature
- 19 July 2017 — 19 July 2018 *on now
The exhibition celebrates the launch of the new Jane Austen £10 note and explores the Bank of England’s literary connections, from writers who have a direct connection to the Bank or worked elsewhere in the City of London, to stories where the Bank of England has featured as a location. Other stories tell the tales of sensational thefts and frauds, or examine the effects of financial crises through the years.
- Any age
The Big Draw - Designs on your money
- 23 — 27 October 2017
During the half-term week, as part of the nationwide Campaign for Drawing, the Museum invites its younger visitors to get creative by designing a banknote.
Explore our Banknote Gallery for inspiration and discover the security and design features we use on our notes. What new features will you add to make your banknote more secure? Will you choose a famous character or a landmark? Will your note be printed on polymer (a thin and flexible type of plastic), like the new £5 and £10 note? Your imagination is the only limit!
Enter your drawing into our competition, which has a prize for the best entry in the following age groups: up to 5 years old, 6 to 8 years, 9 to 11 years and 12 years and over. The winning designs will be displayed on our website.
- Any age
Museums at Night - Banknotes and Bullion
- 27 October 2017 5:30-9pm
With over 325 years of history, it’s not surprising that the Bank has a few ghost stories to tell, one of the spookiest being the story of the Bank Nun. Some say they have seen her ghostly figure, dressed in black and wearing a full black veil over her face, slowly wandering around the Bank late at night. This figure was believed to be Sarah Whitehead, otherwise known as the Bank Nun. The mysterious tale will be retold by our storyteller at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm, in the museum cinema.
Throughout the night, the museum and archive teams will be revealing some of the unique and intriguing objects from the Bank’s collection. This is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on some of these fascinating objects, each with its own story to tell.
You can also take the chance to explore the banknote gallery, which tells the story of banknotes and how they have evolved over the years. For this special event, banknote experts will be giving short talks about our current notes and explaining how to use their advanced design and security features to identify forgeries.
Admission and all activities are free, and there's no need to book.
- 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 5545 or email email@example.com
Bank of England Museum
City of London
020 7601 5545
020 7601 5808