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Here's some curious items from our new displays with a connection to Sampson Lloyd, one of the founding fathers of Taylo...
23/07/2021

Here's some curious items from our new displays with a connection to Sampson Lloyd, one of the founding fathers of Taylors and Lloyds, which eventually became Lloyds Bank. Before he went into banking he owned a "slitting mill" which processed iron bars into rods, which then went on to be made into nails.

We're trying to think of an awful joke about Sampson Lloyd being into heavy metal, but we'll maybe leave it. You've suffered enough at the hands of our poor Friday humour already.

#nailedit #hadtogetapuninsomewhere #sampsonlloyd #newdisplays

Here's some curious items from our new displays with a connection to Sampson Lloyd, one of the founding fathers of Taylors and Lloyds, which eventually became Lloyds Bank. Before he went into banking he owned a "slitting mill" which processed iron bars into rods, which then went on to be made into nails.

We're trying to think of an awful joke about Sampson Lloyd being into heavy metal, but we'll maybe leave it. You've suffered enough at the hands of our poor Friday humour already.

#nailedit #hadtogetapuninsomewhere #sampsonlloyd #newdisplays

"But please?""How many times Soops, no!"The standoff between Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel had been going on for a...
22/07/2021

"But please?"

"How many times Soops, no!"

The standoff between Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel had been going on for a full twenty minutes. He'd been impossible ever since he'd found out that the free coin striking activity was happening, jumping in between visitors, and most definitely not maintaining social distancing.

Super Squirrel stamped his foot and refused to jump off the large chunk of log.

"But I could do this, I know I could. I can strike coins, I'm very striking! My look is unique! No one can wear a blue onesie like me?"

"Still no. As much as anything else, I only just repaired your leg seam last weekend, I'm not risking you rupturing anything else."

"But I've taken all precautions? I'm got my hipster safety glasses, and look at me- I can dance, I can dance, everybody look at their hands..."

Super Squirrel began doing a medieval skip around the log.

"Soops! Knowing the words of The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats is not the same as health and safety training."

Super Squirrel stopped looking at his hands.

"Well, that's very misleading. I'm writing them a stern letter, AFTER I STRIKE MY COIN!"

A long queue of visitors were waiting impatiently.

"Alright Soops, you win. If you can pick up that hammer, you can make a coin."

Super Squirrel grabbed the hammer and heaved. Nothing happened. He heaved again.

"I've got this, it's fine. No one's in a hurry, are they?" He announced to the queue.

Museum Assistant went back to the front desk whistling The Safety Dance. It could have been worse. It could have been MC Hammer.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel

"But please?"

"How many times Soops, no!"

The standoff between Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel had been going on for a full twenty minutes. He'd been impossible ever since he'd found out that the free coin striking activity was happening, jumping in between visitors, and most definitely not maintaining social distancing.

Super Squirrel stamped his foot and refused to jump off the large chunk of log.

"But I could do this, I know I could. I can strike coins, I'm very striking! My look is unique! No one can wear a blue onesie like me?"

"Still no. As much as anything else, I only just repaired your leg seam last weekend, I'm not risking you rupturing anything else."

"But I've taken all precautions? I'm got my hipster safety glasses, and look at me- I can dance, I can dance, everybody look at their hands..."

Super Squirrel began doing a medieval skip around the log.

"Soops! Knowing the words of The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats is not the same as health and safety training."

Super Squirrel stopped looking at his hands.

"Well, that's very misleading. I'm writing them a stern letter, AFTER I STRIKE MY COIN!"

A long queue of visitors were waiting impatiently.

"Alright Soops, you win. If you can pick up that hammer, you can make a coin."

Super Squirrel grabbed the hammer and heaved. Nothing happened. He heaved again.

"I've got this, it's fine. No one's in a hurry, are they?" He announced to the queue.

Museum Assistant went back to the front desk whistling The Safety Dance. It could have been worse. It could have been MC Hammer.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel

21/07/2021

Gremlins! We have gremlins.
Apologies to anyone who has called the museum and left a voicemail and hasn't had a response from us- we have a problem with our phone lines at the moment which means we can't make outgoing calls.
We're working on getting it fixed, apologies!

(And yes, we've paid the bill. It was just a matter of time before someone suggests it! 😉🤣)

Happy slightly belated birthday to this interesting figure from the Mound's past! This is Hugh Miller Gray, born on 19th...
21/07/2021

Happy slightly belated birthday to this interesting figure from the Mound's past! This is Hugh Miller Gray, born on 19th July 1850. He began work with the accounting department at Bank of Scotland's Head Office at the age of 16, on an annual salary of £5. He remained with the department for 18 years, and when he left in 1884 his wage had risen to an impressive £150 per year. His ambitions clearly lay outside the world of banking, and he went on to be the first keeper of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

#scottishnationalportraitgallery #hughmillergray #bankinglife

Happy slightly belated birthday to this interesting figure from the Mound's past! This is Hugh Miller Gray, born on 19th July 1850. He began work with the accounting department at Bank of Scotland's Head Office at the age of 16, on an annual salary of £5. He remained with the department for 18 years, and when he left in 1884 his wage had risen to an impressive £150 per year. His ambitions clearly lay outside the world of banking, and he went on to be the first keeper of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

#scottishnationalportraitgallery #hughmillergray #bankinglife

We're very excited to announce the return of summer activities to the museum! Bring the kids, bring your granny, and bri...
20/07/2021

We're very excited to announce the return of summer activities to the museum! Bring the kids, bring your granny, and bring your strongest arm, because coin striking is back (with masses of sanitiser).
Come and strike your own coin for free between 2-4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Hammertime! (Doo-doo-do-do, you CAN touch this)

#coinstriking #kidsactivities #freethingstodoinedinburgh #hammertime🔨

We're very excited to announce the return of summer activities to the museum! Bring the kids, bring your granny, and bring your strongest arm, because coin striking is back (with masses of sanitiser).
Come and strike your own coin for free between 2-4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Hammertime! (Doo-doo-do-do, you CAN touch this)

#coinstriking #kidsactivities #freethingstodoinedinburgh #hammertime🔨

It's Monday, the museum's closed, it can only mean one thing. Time for another round of I see a BLB! Can you guess where...
19/07/2021

It's Monday, the museum's closed, it can only mean one thing. Time for another round of I see a BLB!
Can you guess where this former British Linen Bank branch is?
Clue: it's not miles away from the museum, but you'll have to cross a bridge to find it...
Answer in the comments later!
Remember to message us your photos of BLBs you've found if you want to join in.

#iseeablb #Ispy #summeractivies

It's Monday, the museum's closed, it can only mean one thing. Time for another round of I see a BLB!
Can you guess where this former British Linen Bank branch is?
Clue: it's not miles away from the museum, but you'll have to cross a bridge to find it...
Answer in the comments later!
Remember to message us your photos of BLBs you've found if you want to join in.

#iseeablb #Ispy #summeractivies

Saturday at the museum had started well. The sun was shining, Museum Assistant's to-do list was diminishing, and there w...
17/07/2021

Saturday at the museum had started well. The sun was shining, Museum Assistant's to-do list was diminishing, and there was a happy, holiday atmosphere all around.

That was until Super Squirrel lurched dramatically into the gift shop.

He was silently mouthing words, and pointing to his knee, from which was spewing white kapok stuffing.

"Soops! You've ripped a seam! What were you doing?"

"Just...being...fabulous" he mumbled, before clutching at Museum Assistant's leg and falling into a dead faint.

When he woke up, he was at home, on Museum Assistant's Victorian coughing couch.

"There you are, all stitched up again" announced Museum Assistant, securing a bandage with a bow.

"Hang on, are you qualified to do this? The last time I saw you trying to take up a pair of trousers you ended up having to pass them off as 3/4 length? What if one of my legs is shorter than the other now? I'll be going round in circles forever!"

Museum Assistant slammed their scissors back in the sewing box.

"I don't understand why my seam ripped either?"

"You're getting old, Soops, that's all. None of us are as flexible as we once were."

"Do you mean in the way you can't pick something off the floor without saying "ooft?" these days?

Museum Assistant lifted up the sewing box, with an "ooft".

"And why is my head bandaged when I hurt my leg?"

"Brain surgery, Soops. I wanted to see what was in there. As I suspected, you're powered by monkey nut shells, and Curly Wurly wrappers."

"Only the best in my noggin" said the squirrel, settling down for a restorative nap.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel

Saturday at the museum had started well. The sun was shining, Museum Assistant's to-do list was diminishing, and there was a happy, holiday atmosphere all around.

That was until Super Squirrel lurched dramatically into the gift shop.

He was silently mouthing words, and pointing to his knee, from which was spewing white kapok stuffing.

"Soops! You've ripped a seam! What were you doing?"

"Just...being...fabulous" he mumbled, before clutching at Museum Assistant's leg and falling into a dead faint.

When he woke up, he was at home, on Museum Assistant's Victorian coughing couch.

"There you are, all stitched up again" announced Museum Assistant, securing a bandage with a bow.

"Hang on, are you qualified to do this? The last time I saw you trying to take up a pair of trousers you ended up having to pass them off as 3/4 length? What if one of my legs is shorter than the other now? I'll be going round in circles forever!"

Museum Assistant slammed their scissors back in the sewing box.

"I don't understand why my seam ripped either?"

"You're getting old, Soops, that's all. None of us are as flexible as we once were."

"Do you mean in the way you can't pick something off the floor without saying "ooft?" these days?

Museum Assistant lifted up the sewing box, with an "ooft".

"And why is my head bandaged when I hurt my leg?"

"Brain surgery, Soops. I wanted to see what was in there. As I suspected, you're powered by monkey nut shells, and Curly Wurly wrappers."

"Only the best in my noggin" said the squirrel, settling down for a restorative nap.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel

Happy birthday to Bank of Scotland! It was on this day in 1695 that the bank was founded, and it's not doing too badly f...
17/07/2021

Happy birthday to Bank of Scotland! It was on this day in 1695 that the bank was founded, and it's not doing too badly for a 326 year old. 😃🥳

One event which is well remembered is the bank's tercentenary in 1995, when bank colleagues were able to chose an anniversary gift from a huge range of options. Here's Super Squirrel modelling the amethyst bracelet option for his squirrel party for one later, but does anyone else have gifts still have lurking in the attic?

#bankofscotland #anniversary #tercentenary

Happy birthday to Bank of Scotland! It was on this day in 1695 that the bank was founded, and it's not doing too badly for a 326 year old. 😃🥳

One event which is well remembered is the bank's tercentenary in 1995, when bank colleagues were able to chose an anniversary gift from a huge range of options. Here's Super Squirrel modelling the amethyst bracelet option for his squirrel party for one later, but does anyone else have gifts still have lurking in the attic?

#bankofscotland #anniversary #tercentenary

Here's another new item on display in the museum, and it lends the question, what do you have in your pockets right now?...
16/07/2021

Here's another new item on display in the museum, and it lends the question, what do you have in your pockets right now? If you were a person of substance in the 18th century, there's a chance you could be carrying a nutmeg grater, for any seasoning emergencies!
This grater and set of shoe buckles were made by Matthew Linwood, who was also an early investor in Taylors and Lloyds, who eventually became Lloyds Bank.
Here's to a "grate" weekend! (We're not even slightly ashamed of that pun.)

#nutmeg #nutmeggrater #matthewlinwood #georgianblingmakesmyheartsing #taylorsandlloyds #shamefulpun

Here's another new item on display in the museum, and it lends the question, what do you have in your pockets right now? If you were a person of substance in the 18th century, there's a chance you could be carrying a nutmeg grater, for any seasoning emergencies!
This grater and set of shoe buckles were made by Matthew Linwood, who was also an early investor in Taylors and Lloyds, who eventually became Lloyds Bank.
Here's to a "grate" weekend! (We're not even slightly ashamed of that pun.)

#nutmeg #nutmeggrater #matthewlinwood #georgianblingmakesmyheartsing #taylorsandlloyds #shamefulpun

Are you ready for the launch of our £50 collector's packs? Available from 10am from our giftshop or via the form on our ...
15/07/2021

Are you ready for the launch of our £50 collector's packs? Available from 10am from our giftshop or via the form on our website. https://museumonthemound.com/gift-shop

Stock is very limited, so don't wait! Packs cost £100 with all profits being donated to Mental Health UK. Hurry hurry!

#polymer£50 #banknotescollection #banknotesforsale

Are you ready for the launch of our £50 collector's packs? Available from 10am from our giftshop or via the form on our website. https://museumonthemound.com/gift-shop

Stock is very limited, so don't wait! Packs cost £100 with all profits being donated to Mental Health UK. Hurry hurry!

#polymer£50 #banknotescollection #banknotesforsale

Note collectors! Get yourself ready because our £50 note collector's packs are on sale from 10am tomorrow!These special ...
14/07/2021

Note collectors! Get yourself ready because our £50 note collector's packs are on sale from 10am tomorrow!
These special edition presentation packs contain an uncirculated polymer £50 note from the serial number AA000 range, and are available for £100 with all profits being donated to Mental Health UK. They're available in person from our gift shop, or via the form on our website. https://museumonthemound.com/gift-shop

#polymer£50 #banknotescollection #banknotecollecter #banknotesforsale

Note collectors! Get yourself ready because our £50 note collector's packs are on sale from 10am tomorrow!
These special edition presentation packs contain an uncirculated polymer £50 note from the serial number AA000 range, and are available for £100 with all profits being donated to Mental Health UK. They're available in person from our gift shop, or via the form on our website. https://museumonthemound.com/gift-shop

#polymer£50 #banknotescollection #banknotecollecter #banknotesforsale

Did you know all of our gift shop profits are donated to Mental Health UK? Therefore it would be extremely good karma to...
14/07/2021

Did you know all of our gift shop profits are donated to Mental Health UK? Therefore it would be extremely good karma to partake of our limited time very special half price offer!

These beautiful prints are by Edwina Ellis, designer of the Scotland 1st stage series of pound coins released in 2004 and featuring the Forth Rail Bridge.

Only 200 of these signed and dated prints were ever made, and we only have 14, yes, 14, still in stock. Not only is this your last chance to get your hands on a unique collectable, we're selling our last few prints at half price, that's £30 instead of £60.

Picture of our brass rubbing massive Forth Bridge pound coin for reference only. We're not selling that, it's a keeper.

#bargain #forthrailbridge #sale

It was Museum Assistant's day off, which could only mean one thing: culture, in the rain. Super Squirrel squelched his w...
13/07/2021

It was Museum Assistant's day off, which could only mean one thing: culture, in the rain.
Super Squirrel squelched his way over cobblestones with his cape over his bonce like an old lady's headscarf. He hated rain.

"This place isn't anything like what I thought it would be. I expected there to be money trees, and money houses, and silver, silver, everywhere. Instead there's the Thistles Shopping Centre and a building up a hill that's been painted peach. I don't get it?"

It took a while before Museum Assistant got it too.

"Ah...no, that's Sterling you're thinking of. We're in Stirling."

"Steward's enquiry required" moaned the squirrel, wringing out his cape.

"And why did you make me walk up that big hill to the castle, just to get wet on the ramparts?"

"The view, Soops, the view! Look over there and you can see the Wallace monument, to the legendary William Wallace!"

"Scotch mist."

"No, he was real?"

"I mean I can't see it for the mist, and we're in Scotland!"

Super Squirrel shook his tail, causing spatters of rainwater to dissipate like a faulty car wash.

"Here's a story that'll cheer you up. Did you know that in the 1500s a man called John Damian made himself a pair of wings and tried to fly from these ramparts?"

Museum Assistant felt a squirrel sized amount of pressure trying to force their foot off the ground.

"Soops? Are you trying to push me over the wall? What is this?"

"I think they call it 'living history'" said the squirrel, heaving with all his strength. Some days he'd had enough of culture.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel

It was Museum Assistant's day off, which could only mean one thing: culture, in the rain.
Super Squirrel squelched his way over cobblestones with his cape over his bonce like an old lady's headscarf. He hated rain.

"This place isn't anything like what I thought it would be. I expected there to be money trees, and money houses, and silver, silver, everywhere. Instead there's the Thistles Shopping Centre and a building up a hill that's been painted peach. I don't get it?"

It took a while before Museum Assistant got it too.

"Ah...no, that's Sterling you're thinking of. We're in Stirling."

"Steward's enquiry required" moaned the squirrel, wringing out his cape.

"And why did you make me walk up that big hill to the castle, just to get wet on the ramparts?"

"The view, Soops, the view! Look over there and you can see the Wallace monument, to the legendary William Wallace!"

"Scotch mist."

"No, he was real?"

"I mean I can't see it for the mist, and we're in Scotland!"

Super Squirrel shook his tail, causing spatters of rainwater to dissipate like a faulty car wash.

"Here's a story that'll cheer you up. Did you know that in the 1500s a man called John Damian made himself a pair of wings and tried to fly from these ramparts?"

Museum Assistant felt a squirrel sized amount of pressure trying to force their foot off the ground.

"Soops? Are you trying to push me over the wall? What is this?"

"I think they call it 'living history'" said the squirrel, heaving with all his strength. Some days he'd had enough of culture.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel

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This was my one day of being a model for the 1993 pocket calendar !! 🤩
Do you need an old fashioned scarf ring. We had to buy these separately from the uniform and regretfully, even with this aid, my scarf never looked neat on me!!
Starting off our summer activities with a bang! Coin striking is on every day this week from 2:30pm to 4pm.
Remember this Moira.... Happy Days 😀
"🎶 I'm in the money 🎶"
"In the money!"
"IN THE MONEY " Iona Fiddes
I think he makes a great £20 note 😝💷 We had a fab time on our visit! Thank you ☺️ #inthemoney