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Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel boarded the number 41 bus."We're going abroad! In winter!" Squealed the squirrel exc...
24/11/2020

Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel boarded the number 41 bus.

"We're going abroad! In winter!" Squealed the squirrel excitedly.

"Where are we going? Zermatt? Val-d'Isère?"

"Cramond" muttered Museum Assistant, staring at their phone.

"Cramond! So named because it's so popular people cram-on the bus to get there!"

Museum Assistant looked at the almost empty top deck of the bus and wondered where they could buy a pair of squirrel rose tinted glasses.

When the bus arrived, Super Squirrel bounced out of his plastic bag squirrel carrier faster than you could say "50mph northerly wind". He ran to the shore, and froze in horror.

"You're not taking me to that island out there, are you? I've read the sign, we might get...made into coconut covered treats."

"That's macaroons, Soops."

"My mistake, sorry. We might get made into brightly coloured French patisserie..."

"Still Macarons."

"I don't trust islands anymore, or macaroons, or macarons. Or the biscuit barrels in RNLI offices. You've got to wonder why they're so keen to rescue people, maybe they're just peckish."

"Don't worry Soops, I won't take you to any islands. Though maybe when can really travel again we should try the south of France. How about Nice? I've heard they have good biscuits?"

Super Squirrel flung himself back in his squirrel carrier. He knew this year had been rough, but cannibalism? Things had really got bad. He was sticking to nuts for a while.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel #museumonthemound

Today in our virtual tour we're playing spot the lock! This kist dates to around 1700 and was owned by the Glasgow based...
22/11/2020

Today in our virtual tour we're playing spot the lock!
This kist dates to around 1700 and was owned by the Glasgow based Ship Bank. There's a false keyhole on the front of the kist, and the real one is concealed under a panel on the top. It was a cunning way of tripping up burglars in the dark!

#museumonthemound #virtualtour #kist

It was Saturday morning, time to do the weekly supermarket shop. There was only one problem: Museum Assistant couldn't f...
21/11/2020

It was Saturday morning, time to do the weekly supermarket shop. There was only one problem: Museum Assistant couldn't find Super Squirrel.

After half an hour of looking, they became aware of a rhythmic noise like a tiny pneumatic drill coming from a pile of clothes in the laundry basket. After excavating several layers of clothes, they found a snoring, dribbling squirrel.

"Soops, wake up. It's supermarket time. I'll let you drive the metal chariot?"

"Go away, I'm hibernating. It's cold, it's winter. Wake me up in spring..."

Museum Assistant understood that feeling entirely.

"Soops, I can't have you sleeping for months. I've thought of a solution."

Super Squirrel was pulled drowsily from the basket and found himself vigorously wrapped in knitwear.

"I made you a hat and scarf."

"What fresh hell is this?" Screamed the squirrel.

"This scarf? You've tied it at the back, there's no escape! And you didn't knit me a hat: this is a sock you knitted during lockdown that's shrank, I've still got a whole foot at the back of my head!"

"You can store extra nuts in it? And Christmas is coming?"

"Christmas, when the good nuts come out..." thought Super Squirrel.

He examined himself in the mirror. He was a style icon, he could work this monstrosity.

"If I lead, they'll follow" he thought to himself. Sock hats were going to be the look of 2021.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel #museumonthemound

Yesterday in our virtual museum tour we looked at one of our early ATM cards, but what came before? The Scotcash voucher...
20/11/2020

Yesterday in our virtual museum tour we looked at one of our early ATM cards, but what came before? The Scotcash voucher, that's what! These could be inserted into an ATM in exchange for cash. Can you imagine having a pocket full of emergency vouchers when doing the Christmas shopping?

#museumonthemound #virtualtour #scotcash

We're not going too far back in time on our virtual tour of the museum today, but how much has changed since the launch ...
19/11/2020

We're not going too far back in time on our virtual tour of the museum today, but how much has changed since the launch of Keycard? It's strange to think of a time when it was a novelty to be able to take cash from your account without queuing in a branch, especially in these times when we're all relying on our plastic cards!

#museumonthemound #keycard #virtualtour

Museum Assistant had some bits and pieces to do at the Mound. It was always a risk bringing Super Squirrel, a risk that ...
18/11/2020

Museum Assistant had some bits and pieces to do at the Mound. It was always a risk bringing Super Squirrel, a risk that normally resulted in every task taking double the time, but today they had a plan.

They opened his plastic bag squirrel carrier in the curator's office in front of a book shelf brimming with huge tomes about banking.

"Its #bookweekscotland Soops. Sit down, find a book, and let me get some work done."

"Did you just say 'hashtag book week Scotland'? Are you pretending to be a millennial? Because I know you're not, I've seen your passport and the millennium was not in the 70s."

Museum Assistant scowled at the squirrel.

Super Squirrel scowled back.

"No interesting books here. No nuts, no tree adventures, nothing about Olga Korbut. Rubbish."

"Try, Soops. The quieter you are, the faster we can go home."

Museum Assistant sat down at the computer and started working. Half an hour later, they had finished, and the room was still silent.

"Super Squirrel, time to go!"

"Sshht, not now. I've found a blockbuster, it's got everything. Intrigue, passion, suspense, it's a real page turner."

"What is it?"

"HOBS user manual. Twists and turns on every page.."

"Maybe you can borrow it, take it home with you" said Museum Assistant, wondering if there was a sequel. This could keep him quiet until Christmas.

#bookweekscotland #sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel #museumonthemound #HOBS

Notes, notes, glorious notes...We're carrying on our virtual tour of the museum with a bit of note scoring, a process pl...
16/11/2020

Notes, notes, glorious notes...
We're carrying on our virtual tour of the museum with a bit of note scoring, a process plenty of bank colleagues will be very familiar with. Scoring was one thing, flicking notes, the process of counting them very quickly, was quite another skill. Do we have any master note flickers out there?
#museumonthemound #notescoring #noteflicking #virtualtour

It was just another Saturday night in Museum Assistant's flat. The smell of dubious cooking hung on the air as the sound...
15/11/2020

It was just another Saturday night in Museum Assistant's flat. The smell of dubious cooking hung on the air as the sound of Mozart's Requiem blared from BBC2.

"Meuh" thought Super Squirrel.

"Why is everything at Museum Assistant's so heavy and wholesome? If it's not a three bean casserole with brown rice, it's dense cultural nutrition on the telly box. But what's this? They've left the black plastic stick with the buttons lying around...maybe I could..."

Super Squirrel stood on the remote control and shot into a world of sequins. Slowly Museum Assistant realised what they were hearing was not the Tuba Mirum.

"Soops, what doing? I mean, what are you doing?" Said Museum Assistant, realising they may be becoming squirrel institutionalised.

"I believe it's the Charleston" said Super Squirrel, throwing his paws and legs around in odd directions.

"I feel so alive! I'm a slave to the rhythm!"
The squirrel slipped awkwardly from the TV recorder box and landed head first on the floor.

"I'm seeing sequins...this could cost me a ten! Not to worry, next week's the samba. Tell me, Museum Assistant, can squirrels get spray tans?"

Museum Assistant made a mental note to themselves to keep the remote control hidden, and check if TV squirrel locks were a thing.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel #museumonthemound

We've got this curious object to look at in our virtual tour of the museum today.Has there been some sort of election so...
13/11/2020

We've got this curious object to look at in our virtual tour of the museum today.
Has there been some sort of election somewhere recently? We should have lent them this voting box! Directors would put their votes in the hole and drop them to the left or the right depending on their decision, then the drawers would be opened and the votes counted. Simple!

#museumonthemound #virtualtour

Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel were having a chilly constitutional. Super Squirrel skipped ahead, nodding politely ...
12/11/2020

Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel were having a chilly constitutional. Super Squirrel skipped ahead, nodding politely to bewildered looking dogs and dodging discarded face masks. Suddenly he realised Museum Assistant had stopped. He turned to find them putting things into a large red box.

"What doing?"

"Just posting some letters, Soops."

He watched in fascination as the letters vanished into the rectangular gap.

"Posting letters? You're feeding the big red beast! You told me just this morning second breakfast wasn't a legitimate meal, and now you're feeding up strange mythical creatures! It's not fair, I want to eat letters too!"

Super Squirrel opened his mouth as wide as he could.

"You can't eat letters, Soops. It would do horrible things to your insides, you'd probably need to an operation to get them out."

Just then, the postman arrived and unlocked the box, pouring the contents into a bag.

"Urgh! Don't look, Museum Assistant, you were right. They're not even using an anaesthetic!"

"Bon chance, mon amie" Soops whispered to the letter box.

"Maybe think about getting some more fibre in your diet next time."

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel #museumonthemound

11/11/2020
Tales from Bank of Scotland's War Memorial (sub-titled)

As promised, we've added subtitles to our film about the war memorial at the Mound that we posted last weekend. Here's the new link!

We tell the stories of six former Bank of Scotland colleagues who died during World War I.

'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow oldAge shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down ...
11/11/2020

'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.'

For the Fallen, Robert Laurence Binyan

#armisticeday #museumonthemound #warmemorial

Thought we'd share something, we don't want to be shellfish, sorry, selfish...The museum may be closed, but we took plen...
10/11/2020

Thought we'd share something, we don't want to be shellfish, sorry, selfish...
The museum may be closed, but we took plenty of photos last week so we can give you a closer look at some of our exhibits. We're starting with the origins of the Mound itself: building rubble, containing a lot of oyster shells. The Mound was created from the building rubble removed from the creation of the New Town and demonstrates the popular eating habits of the day. Oysters were cheap street food: changed days!

#museumonthemound #themound #oystershells

It was the last day the museum would be open for a long time. Museum Assistant busied themselves putting up closure sign...
09/11/2020

It was the last day the museum would be open for a long time. Museum Assistant busied themselves putting up closure signs, saying goodbye to the security guards, and stuffing the contents of their drawer into a carrier bag. There was just one thing left to collect, and he was nowhere to be seen.

"Soops, where are you?"

Eventually they heard a familiar voice coming from the store.

"Sorry old bean, I would take you with me but it's a tiny flat, a shoebox really. Couldn't possibly squeeze you in."

Super Squirrel was having an animated one sided conversation with a Henri Hippo savings bank.

"You wouldn't like it anyway, we're awfully sophisticated. We go abroad and allsorts. I've been to Lärgs, it was too adrenaline packed for you."

"We could take him, Soops. He seems very low maintenance in comparison to some banking mascots I can think of..."

Super Squirrel began to whisper conspiratorially.

"Shut up, I'm not having him ruin my fun till February. He smells like an all expenses paid trip to the Sulphur Hot Springs Spa and Resort, with additional all-you-can-smell rotten egg buffet. Quick, get me in the squirrel carrier, we can make a run for it. Giddy up!"

Museum Assistant locked the store and began to turn off the lights around the museum.

"Tell me Soops, can you hear Henri Hippo speak? I couldn't hear anything."

"Not exactly, but I'm pretty sure I know what he's thinking."

"Does he ever move?"

"He's very understated."

"Have you ever considered you might have been chatting to an inanimate object for the last twenty years?"

"I don't think you're in a position to judge, Museum Assistant. Now, what's for tea?"

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel #museumonthemound

Thanks a million if you've been to see us since we reopened in September! Remember this is the last day we'll be open un...
07/11/2020

Thanks a million if you've been to see us since we reopened in September! Remember this is the last day we'll be open until February, so get in fast if you still want to pay us a visit. Go go go!

#museumonthemound #lastchancesaturday

07/11/2020
War Memorial

"We will remember them."

Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday, and we've made a short film looking at the stories of some of the men commemorated on the war memorial at Bank of Scotland Head Office at The Mound.
Apologies for the variable sound quality, we'll try to add subtitles as soon as possible.

We're sad to announce that because of the ongoing Covid situation we've decided to temporarily close the museum doors ag...
05/11/2020

We're sad to announce that because of the ongoing Covid situation we've decided to temporarily close the museum doors again. We'll be open until 4pm this Saturday, then we'll remain closed until February 2021. In the meantime we'll be doing some refurbishment to the museum, so we'll be back with some exciting changes in the spring, and of course we'll still be here with you online. If you want to visit us this year, you better get here fast! Stay safe folks.

#museumonthemound

It had been a quiet day at the museum, and Super Squirrel was amusing himself by asking Museum Assistant countless quest...
05/11/2020

It had been a quiet day at the museum, and Super Squirrel was amusing himself by asking Museum Assistant countless questions about the coats of arms hanging on the wall.

"What's this one?"

He pointed to a coat of arms topped with a mitre.

"Clerical Medical" mumbled Museum Assistant through their mask.

"Clavicle monocle?"

"Clerical Medical."

"Clinical spectacle? Crinkly tentacle?"

"CLERICAL MEDICAL" said Museum Assistant, pronouncing every syllable a little too obviously.

"Ah. I would be good at medical things. I've got tiny paws, I could get into all sorts of tight surgical spaces" announced the squirrel, making minuscule probing gestures.

"You don't have functional thumbs, Soops, how would you hold a scalpel?"

"I would manage. I could do rhinoplasty, the world needs more plastic rhinos, ingrown toenail operations, I could operate the camera that goes down your throat or up your-"

"Stop!" Said Museum Assistant, clenching.

"A career in medicine is not for you, trust me."
Super Squirrel sulked.

"There's still the other option?"

He positioned himself carefully under the mitre.

"I'm available for weddings, christenings etc.? I've always thought I had an ecclesiastical air?"

Museum Assistant sighed. The way this year was going, if the squirrel was Archbishop of Canterbury by Christmas, it still wouldn't be the most surprising thing about 2020.

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel #museumonthemound

Here's some news that's not exactly hot off the press! This newspaper from 1868 was found in a wall when our building wa...
04/11/2020

Here's some news that's not exactly hot off the press! This newspaper from 1868 was found in a wall when our building was renovated in the noughties, and one of our neighbours was busy advertising. Jenners may have lost the Kennington part, and the building from 1868 burnt down, but we can still see its replacement from our window. Wonder if that offer on stair carpets is still valid?

#museumonthemound #oldadvertising #kenningtonandjenner

It was Sunday afternoon and Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel were in town. Suddenly, Super Squirrel's head popped out...
02/11/2020

It was Sunday afternoon and Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel were in town. Suddenly, Super Squirrel's head popped out of his plastic bag squirrel carrier.
"Do my eyes deceive me? Could it be..."

He leapt out of the bag, and in complete defiance of the rules of the Tufty Club scampered at speed through oncoming traffic to the posh hotel across the street.

"Christmas lights! Is it Christmas already? It feels like only yesterday it was Halloween!"

"It was" muttered Museum Assistant, trying to resist their rant about commercialisation.

"This year is crazy! January feels so long ago it could be 1987, while March to September was one day broken up by naps. And now it's Christmas!"

"It's really not Christmas, it's ages yet" said Museum Assistant, kicking a pile of autumn leaves and watching the squirrel scamper up the decorations that circled the building's pillars.

"Watch me! I'm the fairy on top of the Christmas tree!"

Super Squirrel climbed higher and higher.

"Eee, canny: these are Corinthian columns...Museum Assistant, help! I'm too high up!"

"You're a squirrel, how can you be scared of heights?"

"I'm fine in trees, I always know I'm too high up a building when that George Clark off the telly starts doing my inner monologue. I've just gone Northumbrian! Get me down, pet!"

It took an hour and a half to ease the squirrel back down the column. When he finally flopped back into his squirrel carrier he seemed exhausted. Museum Assistant made a mental note to ban all TV programmes about old buildings and architecture.

"I'm glad that's Christmas done. How long until Easter?"

#sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #supersquirrel #museumonthemound

Happy Halloween! Did you know the Mound has no less than four reported ghosts? Come in and have a spooktacular time from...
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween! Did you know the Mound has no less than four reported ghosts? Come in and have a spooktacular time from 1pm and don't forget: kids in costume get a prize! Wooooo!

#museumonthemound #halloween #hauntedbuilding

It was the day before Halloween, and Super Squirrel was prodding at Museum Assistant's slightly shrivelled carved pumpki...
30/10/2020

It was the day before Halloween, and Super Squirrel was prodding at Museum Assistant's slightly shrivelled carved pumpkin.

"Why is this vegetable empty? You should take it back to the shop, get a full one."

It's Halloween, well, it is tommorow. It's the day when the dead are supposed to roam the earth" said Museum Assistant sniffing the pumpkin and wondering if it would be alright for another 24 hours.

"The dead stole the inside of your pumpkin? Probably too late for them to benefit from eating their vegetables. Is this museum haunted?" Asked Super Squirrel, his eyes wide with anticipation.

"Some people say the building is, but I've never seen anything."
Museum Assistant wondered where this was leading.

"I'm going on a ghost hunt, going to find who's got your vegetable insides" said the squirrel, running into the museum making "woooo" noises.

Some time later, Super Squirrel returned.

"I saw her..." he said, his voice shaking.

"Who?"

"A tall, faceless woman, in a long black cloak. She was a widow, she said, it was really scary...then she started talking about insurance, which was a bit leftfield. Her spirit has been contained in a glass prison, so we're safe. No need to thank me."

Museum Assistant arched an eyebrow.

"She wouldn't admit to stealing the inside of your pumpkin, but I do now have an excellent squirrel insurance. If I die, you get three bags of nuts, not including the ones in my cheeks. Just don't bunk me off for the spoils, or I'LL HAUNT YOU!"

Some days Museum Assistant already felt like they were being haunted by a squirrel.

#museumonthemound #sociallyisolatingsupersquirrel #halloweek #halloween

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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!!
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