The Bank Of England Museum

The Bank Of England Museum Gold, banknotes and over 300 years of history...see it all come to life through our displays, exhibitions, events and talks. The Bank of England is the United Kingdom’s central bank.

It has a unique role in our economy, promoting the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability. However our Museum is about much more than money! Discover the history of the Bank, its buildings, and the people who have shaped it over more than 300 years.

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Happy #InternationalDayOfSignLanguages! Did you know our online talks are now #BSL interpreted? 👍 Learn about gold, mosa...
23/09/2021
Online talk: The new £50 note - old and new

Happy #InternationalDayOfSignLanguages! Did you know our online talks are now #BSL interpreted? 👍 Learn about gold, mosaics, money and more, in the way that works best for you!

Why not celebrate #IDSL by exploring the new £50 polymer note, featuring Alan Turing?

https://b-o-e.uk/2W4gApt

#IDSL2021 #BritishSignLanguage #DeafAwarenessMonth

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In the 1940s, N**i Germany launched Operation Bernhard in an attempt to destabilise the British economy by flooding the ...
17/09/2021
The Birmingham Special

In the 1940s, N**i Germany launched Operation Bernhard in an attempt to destabilise the British economy by flooding the country with counterfeit notes.

Millions of counterfeit notes, accurately reproducing security features, were smuggled into the country and entered circulation. A particularly impressive, though often overlooked, aspect of the operation was the variety of notes produced. These counterfeit notes claim to be issued in 1926 at the #Birmingham branch of the Bank of England, but were actually made in 1940s Germany.

Check out our newest blog for more stories about Birmingham's history of counterfeit notes, mutilated notes, and life at the Bank's Birmingham Branch!

https://b-o-e.uk/3lAuM29 #BHeritageWeek #WorldWarTwo #WorldWarII

Our collections officer Ellie shares some of our favourite Birmingham-based objects.

Who was caught nibbling on these banknotes?? 🤔Read our latest #BlogPost on all things #Birmingham to find out!https://b-...
16/09/2021
The Birmingham Special

Who was caught nibbling on these banknotes?? 🤔

Read our latest #BlogPost on all things #Birmingham to find out!

https://b-o-e.uk/3nAFpEP

#BHeritageWeek #Brum

Our collections officer Ellie shares some of our favourite Birmingham-based objects.

15/09/2021
Is The Bank of England Haunted? 👻 #AskACurator Day 2021

We often get asked if the Bank of England is haunted! According to many, the answer is...yes! 👻

It's #AskACurator day and we're answering your questions about the Bank of England Museum! Join us on Twitter to pose your questions to Curator Kirsty Parsons and Collections Officer Ellie Paton!

Hello to our Birmingham-based followers! We're celebrating #BHeritageWeek with a Birmingham themed #TreasureHunt! 🔎From ...
13/09/2021

Hello to our Birmingham-based followers! We're celebrating #BHeritageWeek with a Birmingham themed #TreasureHunt! 🔎

From 1827-1997, the Bank of England had four different locations in Birmingham. Hop onto our Twitter to follow the clues and find the locations of historic Bank of England branches and banking history in #Birmingham.

Each clue contains a #What3Words location -- a unique combination of three words given to every three metre square in the world. Find the locations and discover the Bank's history in #Birmingham.

what3words #BirminghamHistory #BirminghamArchitecture #Brum #BirminghamBuildings #BoEMuseum

Our collection holds more than gold bars — this medieval golden earring was found on the site of the churchyard of St Ch...
10/09/2021
Online talk: All that glitters... Gold at the Bank of England

Our collection holds more than gold bars — this medieval golden earring was found on the site of the churchyard of St Christopher le Stocks when the Bank of England expanded into the churchyard's site.

Learn more about #gold at the Bank of England at our #OnlineTalk, recording now available online.

https://b-o-e.uk/3E325Dy

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As you can imagine, a gold bar is pretty heavy. 80 bars weighs about one ton! 💰Because the ground below London is so sof...
09/09/2021
Online talk: All that glitters... Gold at the Bank of England

As you can imagine, a gold bar is pretty heavy. 80 bars weighs about one ton! 💰

Because the ground below London is so soft and composed of clay, we have to be very careful not to stack gold too high in the gold vault. Otherwise we risk hurting the foundation of the building!

Want to know more secrets about the gold vaults? Watch the recording of our #OnlineTalk on #gold!

https://b-o-e.uk/3jU6v7N #LetsDoLondon

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Queen Elizabeth I was born #OnThisDay in 1533. The Elizabethan Era featured prominently on the £20 Series D note when Wi...
07/09/2021

Queen Elizabeth I was born #OnThisDay in 1533.

The Elizabethan Era featured prominently on the £20 Series D note when William Shakespeare was the historical character. Take a look at this behind the scenes sketch from designer Harry Eccleston as he researched the perfect Elizabethan costume for Juliet to wear.

#RomeoAndJuliet #Shakespeare #Tudor #ElizabethanEra

Did you miss our most recent online talk, exploring Boris Anrep's mosaics at the Bank of England? Great news! The talk i...
03/09/2021
Online talk: Mosaics at the Bank of England

Did you miss our most recent online talk, exploring Boris Anrep's mosaics at the Bank of England?

Great news! The talk is now available online! Join Curator Kirsty Parsons as she explores the marvellous mosaics which wind through the Bank of England.

https://b-o-e.uk/3mYyqW0 #OnlineTalk #LetsDoLondon #MuseumTalk

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Looking for more #FamilyFun? Test your skills with our new word search, for kids 12 years and up! 🔎Discover all of the h...
31/08/2021
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Looking for more #FamilyFun? Test your skills with our new word search, for kids 12 years and up! 🔎

Discover all of the hidden words as you learn about Alan Turing and the new £50 polymer note.

https://b-o-e.uk/3gORO41 #WordSearch #FamilyActivity #AlanTuring

Happy #AugustBankHoliday from all of us at the Bank of England Museum! However you choose to spend your holiday, we hope...
30/08/2021

Happy #AugustBankHoliday from all of us at the Bank of England Museum! However you choose to spend your holiday, we hope your desk looks as nice as this!

Basil Hone, a past employee of the Bank and accomplished cartoonist, drew hundreds of cartoons capturing life at the Bank during his time as an employee. We love seeing how relatable the cartoons still are, decades later.

#Cartoon #BankHoliday #Ruminating

Happy #AugustBankHoliday from all of us at the Bank of England Museum! However you choose to spend your holiday, we hope your desk looks as nice as this!

Basil Hone, a past employee of the Bank and accomplished cartoonist, drew hundreds of cartoons capturing life at the Bank during his time as an employee. We love seeing how relatable the cartoons still are, decades later.

#Cartoon #BankHoliday #Ruminating

We love flicking through our wonderful photograph collection. You can find out so much - like the different jobs that ha...
27/08/2021
Staff

We love flicking through our wonderful photograph collection. You can find out so much - like the different jobs that have existed over the years.

From Adela Pratt helping to move stock ledgers during the First World War, to the outstanding banknote design work led by artist Harry Eccleston in the 1960s, our photos provide us with a unique insight into historic job occupations at the Bank of England!

More images of past staff and their work at the Bank can be viewed on our Archive gallery - go check it out! https://b-o-e.uk/38i3jw5 #FlashbackFriday #BoEArchive

Photographs of Bank staff date back to the earliest days of photography. Portraits include not only senior Directors and Governors, but also show operational tasks and different roles at the Bank over the last two centuries.

Nothing more satisfying than that... Our Collections Team has been busy cataloguing an acquisition of over 170 banknotes...
24/08/2021

Nothing more satisfying than that...

Our Collections Team has been busy cataloguing an acquisition of over 170 banknotes and came across this run of consecutive serial numbers. The notes are £10 E variants, featuring scientist Charles Darwin.

What a joy to discover!

Nothing more satisfying than that...

Our Collections Team has been busy cataloguing an acquisition of over 170 banknotes and came across this run of consecutive serial numbers. The notes are £10 E variants, featuring scientist Charles Darwin.

What a joy to discover!

Thanks to everyone who joined our #LunchtimeTalk with Curator Kirsty Parsons. We hope you enjoyed learning about the won...
19/08/2021
Online talks about the Bank of England

Thanks to everyone who joined our #LunchtimeTalk with Curator Kirsty Parsons. We hope you enjoyed learning about the wonderful mosaics hidden within the Bank!

If you missed the talk, fear not! All of our #OnlineTalks are posted online, and the mosaics talk will be added shortly. Check it out, here. 👉 https://b-o-e.uk/3k6qK0L

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Spot the mistake! 🔎 Serial numbers are unique, and only used once. However, mistakes happen! These nineteenth-century no...
18/08/2021

Spot the mistake! 🔎

Serial numbers are unique, and only used once. However, mistakes happen! These nineteenth-century notes are an example of separate notes with the same serial numbers. Each note was issued to different customers and spent at different times. It was only once they were back at the Bank that a ledger revealed the serial number had been issued twice.

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Spot the mistake! 🔎

Serial numbers are unique, and only used once. However, mistakes happen! These nineteenth-century notes are an example of separate notes with the same serial numbers. Each note was issued to different customers and spent at different times. It was only once they were back at the Bank that a ledger revealed the serial number had been issued twice.

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Thanks so much to everyone who joined our Marvellous Mosaics #FamilyWorkshop! We want to see your creations! Send us a p...
17/08/2021

Thanks so much to everyone who joined our Marvellous Mosaics #FamilyWorkshop!

We want to see your creations! Send us a picture for a chance to be featured on our social media channels!

Stay tuned for more #FamilyFun in the upcoming months!

#SummerOfPlay #LetsDoLondon

Thanks so much to everyone who joined our Marvellous Mosaics #FamilyWorkshop!

We want to see your creations! Send us a picture for a chance to be featured on our social media channels!

Stay tuned for more #FamilyFun in the upcoming months!

#SummerOfPlay #LetsDoLondon

Ever leave your banknote in the wash? Well, this banknote can top that.This 100 rupee Hyerabad banknote was salvaged fro...
11/08/2021

Ever leave your banknote in the wash? Well, this banknote can top that.

This 100 rupee Hyerabad banknote was salvaged from the SS. Egypt, which sunk off the coast of France in 1922. The ship was carrying a large amount of gold and silver bullion, so salvage efforts started immediately, but the wreck wasn't discovered until 1930.

This banknote was salvaged by divers from the Artiglio, a steam salvage ship, which, ironically, later sunk as well. The rupee has been stamped and signed by the crew of the Artiglio, and found its way into our collection. It's in pretty good shape considering it was underwater for 8 years!

Ever leave your banknote in the wash? Well, this banknote can top that.

This 100 rupee Hyerabad banknote was salvaged from the SS. Egypt, which sunk off the coast of France in 1922. The ship was carrying a large amount of gold and silver bullion, so salvage efforts started immediately, but the wreck wasn't discovered until 1930.

This banknote was salvaged by divers from the Artiglio, a steam salvage ship, which, ironically, later sunk as well. The rupee has been stamped and signed by the crew of the Artiglio, and found its way into our collection. It's in pretty good shape considering it was underwater for 8 years!

Just inside the doors of the Bank of England, lions stand on guard and golden coins overflow from cornucopia. Join Curat...
10/08/2021
Online talks about the Bank of England

Just inside the doors of the Bank of England, lions stand on guard and golden coins overflow from cornucopia. Join Curator Kirsty Parsons as she explores the hidden meanings behind the mosaics which decorate the floors of the Bank, created by artist Boris Anrep. Register now for this free online talk, happening next Thursday 19th August at 12:30.
https://b-o-e.uk/3AuwnfT #OnlineTalk #MuseumFromHome

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Looking for a fun #FamilyActivity? Grab your scissors and your glue, and get ready to make a Marvellous Mosaic! Join us ...
09/08/2021

Looking for a fun #FamilyActivity? Grab your scissors and your glue, and get ready to make a Marvellous Mosaic! Join us for a #VirtualEvent on Tuesday 17 August as we explore the mosaics in the Bank and create our very own mosaics!
https://b-o-e.uk/2VuwwkR #SummerOfPlay

Looking for a fun #FamilyActivity? Grab your scissors and your glue, and get ready to make a Marvellous Mosaic! Join us for a #VirtualEvent on Tuesday 17 August as we explore the mosaics in the Bank and create our very own mosaics!
https://b-o-e.uk/2VuwwkR #SummerOfPlay

Happy #InternationalBeerDay! 🍻 From tankards to potion bottles, our collection is full of items that celebrate the histo...
06/08/2021
International Beer Day

Happy #InternationalBeerDay! 🍻 From tankards to potion bottles, our collection is full of items that celebrate the history of beer. Grab a pint and dive in to our newest blog! https://b-o-e.uk/3lzc1hr #BeerGeek #BeerTime

Jenni, our curator, gives a nod to International Beer Day and talks us through some pint-sized items in our collections

Calling all kids! We were busy making banknotes but seem to have become a bit scrambled! Could you help us find all of t...
04/08/2021
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Calling all kids! We were busy making banknotes but seem to have become a bit scrambled! Could you help us find all of the words about banknotes in this word search? 🔎💸

https://b-o-e.uk/3ftIbqS #boemuseum #wordsearch #kidsactivities #summeractivitiesforkids #summeractivities #summerideasforkids #summerideas

Banknote Word Search

Our new £50 polymer note features Alan Turing, the World War II codebreaker and computing pioneer. One of the design fea...
02/08/2021
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Our new £50 polymer note features Alan Turing, the World War II codebreaker and computing pioneer. One of the design features is a length of ticker tape depicting Turing's birthday in binary code.
Think you have what it takes to break the code? Take our challenge to solve a question using binary code and cypher! 💪 #AlanTuring #ScienceHistory #BinaryCode

Binary Code and Cypher Challenge

A very happy birthday to the Bank of England, which was founded #onthisday in 1694! 🎈 🎉 Want to join in the celebration?...
27/07/2021
Why was the Bank of England founded?

A very happy birthday to the Bank of England, which was founded #onthisday in 1694! 🎈 🎉 Want to join in the celebration? Read our blog about the founding of the Bank! #bankofengland

Find out why the Bank of England was founded in 1694.

Find out the story behind the new £50 banknote featuring Alan Turing in our new online exhibition on Smartify! Learn how...
15/07/2021

Find out the story behind the new £50 banknote featuring Alan Turing in our new online exhibition on Smartify! Learn how his achievements are celebrated on our latest polymer banknote designs: https://b-o-e.uk/3z2ecgK

Find out the story behind the new £50 banknote featuring Alan Turing in our new online exhibition on Smartify! Learn how his achievements are celebrated on our latest polymer banknote designs: https://b-o-e.uk/3z2ecgK

If you are interested in the history of the Bank of England and how it all started, you can browse online the 1,520 indi...
14/07/2021
Index to Original Subscribers to Bank Stock 1694

If you are interested in the history of the Bank of England and how it all started, you can browse online the 1,520 individual names of the first subscribers to Bank Stock in 1694 right here. This index also records just how much each person subscribed as part of the efforts to raise a loan of £1.2 million for the Government, ranging from contributions of £25 to £10,000!
https://b-o-e.uk/3z0NwNF

The Bank of England was established in 1694 to raise a loan of £1,200,000 for the Government to finance the wars in France.

Have you got your hands on the new £50 banknote yet? It enters circulation this week so you can marvel at its intricate ...
25/06/2021
Smartify | New £50 note featuring Alan Turing

Have you got your hands on the new £50 banknote yet? It enters circulation this week so you can marvel at its intricate designs inspired by Alan Turing’s legacy. Explore the creative journey behind the designs in our online exhibition on the free Smartify platform https://b-o-e.uk/35TCVaw. 💸

Celebrate the issue of the new £50 note featuring the scientist Alan Turing. Take our tour and discover how Turing’s legacy inspired our latest polymer bankn...

This statuette depicts St Christopher carrying the infant Christ. It’s a smaller model of the war memorial in our garden...
21/06/2021

This statuette depicts St Christopher carrying the infant Christ. It’s a smaller model of the war memorial in our garden court designed by sculptor Richard Reginald Goulden. Wonder why he chose St Christopher as the subject for the war memorial? Find out more in our new blog post: https://b-o-e.uk/3xII3KN.

This statuette depicts St Christopher carrying the infant Christ. It’s a smaller model of the war memorial in our garden court designed by sculptor Richard Reginald Goulden. Wonder why he chose St Christopher as the subject for the war memorial? Find out more in our new blog post: https://b-o-e.uk/3xII3KN.

Have you got plans to head to the shops this weekend!? This photograph from around 1942 shows us the retail experience f...
18/06/2021

Have you got plans to head to the shops this weekend!? This photograph from around 1942 shows us the retail experience for women during their evacuation to Hurstbourne Camp during the Second World War. In fact, according to information attached to this photograph, it was apparently known as the 'Lingerie Shop' and was located at Whitchurch Mansion - staff really could get everything they needed on site!

Have you got plans to head to the shops this weekend!? This photograph from around 1942 shows us the retail experience for women during their evacuation to Hurstbourne Camp during the Second World War. In fact, according to information attached to this photograph, it was apparently known as the 'Lingerie Shop' and was located at Whitchurch Mansion - staff really could get everything they needed on site!

Our Archive Gallery contains fascinating images from our photograph collection covering different periods in the Bank's ...
16/06/2021
Archive gallery

Our Archive Gallery contains fascinating images from our photograph collection covering different periods in the Bank's history, including architecture and our 20th century rebuild, and operations during the Second World War. Digital copies of the Bank's founding documents are also available for browsing such as the Royal Charter and the first ever Court of Directors' meeting minutes!
https://b-o-e.uk/3gwUK4g

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