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.
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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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Vegetables! And lots of them for this week's letter 'V' #ArchiveZ campaign! We're amazed at the size and scale of the Ba...
07/10/2020

Vegetables! And lots of them for this week's letter 'V' #ArchiveZ campaign! We're amazed at the size and scale of the Bank's allotments back in 1942. Located at Roehampton, south west London, staff tended to the produce throughout the Second World War.

The architecture of the Bank of England has changed so much over our 326 year history. The print shows the building as i...
05/10/2020

The architecture of the Bank of England has changed so much over our 326 year history. The print shows the building as it was in 1783 and the photograph shows us today! Quite the change isn't it!
If you are interested in the Bank's architecture, you can look through the albums collated by the #BoEArchive: https://b-o-e.uk/3lgbYDC

The tennis season has begun with ROLAND-GARROS well underway in Paris. It's also National Sporting Heritage Day so what ...
30/09/2020

The tennis season has begun with ROLAND-GARROS well underway in Paris. It's also National Sporting Heritage Day so what better way to celebrate than with sharing some classic photographs from the Bank Archive of the tennis club in action. Here we can see the Bank's 1st Ladies team with their hands on a trophy in 1928; the second photo shows staff playing a game whilst they were evacuated during the Second World War to Hurstbourne, Hampshire. #BoEArchive #archive #archives #history #sportinghistory #frenchopen #tennis #photograph #photo #photography

24/09/2020
Money Makers (1960)

Did you know that British Pathé has an incredible archive of footage? This short clip from Money Makers (1960) gives you a brief glimpse into a banknote designer's office and shows you how designs go from paper, to die to printing plate. It's an incredible insight and allows us to see how some of our objects would have been used! 📽💷 https://b-o-e.uk/3hVJeOF
video clip © British Pathé

M/S of two men sitting at tables in an office; they both have drawing boards before them and are designing bank notes, with art materials beside them. M/S ov...

We're so excited that it's Birmingham Heritage Week! As you may (or may not!) know, the Bank of England used to have a B...
14/09/2020

We're so excited that it's Birmingham Heritage Week! As you may (or may not!) know, the Bank of England used to have a Branch in Birmingham. It was fabulous too, very grand and based on Union Street, then Bennett's Hill and also on Temple Row. Whilst it was open, it issued its own banknotes and operated as a way to reach out to other areas of the country. Sadly, the branch closed in 1997 but we have plenty of bits in our collection that are reminders of the place and people who worked there!
Some of our favourite objects include these sketches taken from a series of ledgers. They were drawn by a member of staff who sketched scenes of life inside and outside of the Branch. We also have this dexterity test which was used to train and develop staff - handling banknotes is a delicate task after all! Also, this rather charming picture of the Branch when it was based in Bennett's Hill, from the #BoEArchive.
Today, we don't have branches but instead have Agencies who work with people and business in the area collecting economic data that influence policy decisions (shout out to the West Midlands Agency!).
Anyway, the Birmingham Heritage Week festival goes on until the 20th September, so plenty of time to get involved. They have some amazing events planned, socially distanced and even some that are online!

Have a go at making your own banknote in this fun workshop video with artist Brenda Coyle 💷 🖍️🎨. Get creative and tag us...
11/09/2020

Have a go at making your own banknote in this fun workshop video with artist Brenda Coyle 💷 🖍️🎨. Get creative and tag us in your works! https://b-o-e.uk/2ZJDmSr

And the winners of our #DrawingMoney competition are (drum roll please)...Beulah from Cardiff (age 5-7 category), Mirabe...
07/09/2020

And the winners of our #DrawingMoney competition are (drum roll please)...

Beulah from Cardiff (age 5-7 category), Mirabel from Hastings (age 8-9 category) and Abigail from Northampton (age 10-11 category)!

Congratulations to you all for your absolutely fantastic designs! Thanks also to everyone who took part - we have had so much fun looking through your submissions and hope you had fun making them.

This week's #ArchiveZ is 'Q' so what better photograph for us to share than that of a good old fashioned queue! This won...
04/09/2020

This week's #ArchiveZ is 'Q' so what better photograph for us to share than that of a good old fashioned queue! This wonderful photo from the Bank's historical photograph collection shows Bank staff awaiting their turn to purchase punnets of fruit during their evacuation to Hampshire during the Second World War. #BoEArchive

The Totally Thames Festival begins today and goes on all throughout September. The Thames has played a huge role in the ...
01/09/2020

The Totally Thames Festival begins today and goes on all throughout September.
The Thames has played a huge role in the development and history of London - so you can find references to it all throughout our collection. For example, on our Art UK pages you can see some of the fantastic oil paintings in our collection. One of our favourites is Old London Bridge, by Samuel Scott. We even have an object in our collection that was found by a mudlarker! This mug fragment was found in 2018 near Tilbury for the rather fancy St Luke's Club.
You can find out more about the incredible programme of events that they have lined up here: https://b-o-e.uk/3jCVNQb

As part of this week's #ArchiveZ, P is for Picquet! On the 6th June 1780, the Lord Mayor requested the Secretary of Stat...
28/08/2020

As part of this week's #ArchiveZ, P is for Picquet!

On the 6th June 1780, the Lord Mayor requested the Secretary of State 'for some horse and foot in order to protect Mansion House and the Bank.' This call for help followed the burning down of Newgate prison during the Gordon Riots. The Bank was attacked but the military guard offered some protection, and thereafter a nightly guard was provided to the Bank of England. The Foot Guards continued to fulfil their public duties by manning several sites across central London in the early 19th century including the Bank of England at night. Further information on the history and role of the Bank Picquet can be found here:

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

Photograph showing 'The Bank Hut' YMCA at St Martin's Plain, Shornecliffe in 1918. (Ref. 15A13/14/5)

It's #NationalDogDay and we honestly couldn't be happier! We've removed 4 fantastic pups from this painting of Covent Ga...
26/08/2020

It's #NationalDogDay and we honestly couldn't be happier! We've removed 4 fantastic pups from this painting of Covent Garden by Jan Griffier I. Can you spot where they were meant to be? 🐶🔎🤔

Did you miss our #DrawingMoney competition? Not to worry! You can follow our free online workshop with artist Brenda Coy...
24/08/2020

Did you miss our #DrawingMoney competition? Not to worry! You can follow our free online workshop with artist Brenda Coyle and make your own personalised banknote! 🎨💷 Let us know how you get on and tag us in your designs! https://b-o-e.uk/3hqqLdA

21/08/2020

Thank you to everyone who took part in our #DrawingMoney competition. You sent us lots of amazing designs. Our judges are busy looking through all the entries. We will announce winners on 10th of September so watch this space!

Today is the last day of our #DrawingMoney competition! Enter your banknote design for a chance to win some prizes https...
14/08/2020

Today is the last day of our #DrawingMoney competition! Enter your banknote design for a chance to win some prizes https://b-o-e.uk/2CwdMYE #Numistastic

As part of the #ArchiveZ campaign, we are exploring different documents from the #BoEArchive every week. This week, we'r...
11/08/2020

As part of the #ArchiveZ campaign, we are exploring different documents from the #BoEArchive every week. This week, we're shining a light on notices and news releases. They have been produced by the Bank of England for decades, and through them we can learn a lot of detail about its history! As early as 1806, the Bank placed notices containing lists of its directors, and the names of cashiers authorised to sign notes. More recently, 20th century press notices included the establishment of regional agencies and announcements of senior staff appointments.

Remember - this is the last week of our #DrawingMoney competition! All entries must be in by midnight Friday 14th! One o...
10/08/2020

Remember - this is the last week of our #DrawingMoney competition! All entries must be in by midnight Friday 14th! One of us have had a go at it too. Check out this design based around Ilford in East London!

Our #DrawingMoney competition continues this week - what colours are you putting on your design? For the Bank of England...
03/08/2020

Our #DrawingMoney competition continues this week - what colours are you putting on your design? For the Bank of England the main colour of each denomination or value has been kept the same since the 1970s to help people identify them!
£5=🔵 £10=🔶 £20=💜 £50=🔴

Colours also appear in the security features, in the holograms, miniature designs and so much more!

Our Drawing Money competition is open until 14th August - so why not give it a go! https://b-o-e.uk/33kYzo5

'L' for this week's #ArchiveZ could only mean one thing for us - ledgers, and lots of them! With over 10,000 stock ledge...
29/07/2020

'L' for this week's #ArchiveZ could only mean one thing for us - ledgers, and lots of them! With over 10,000 stock ledgers alone, they are the Bank of England Archive's largest series of records. They are extremely heavy to lift off the shelves, but they are in great condition despite their age and size. The unique data found within the stock ledgers also makes them a valuable primary source for researchers and economic historians across the world! #BoEArchive

Need some inspiration for your #DrawingMoney entry? Well, don't you worry - we're here to help! Lots of amazing landmark...
23/07/2020

Need some inspiration for your #DrawingMoney entry? Well, don't you worry - we're here to help! Lots of amazing landmarks and buildings across the UK have featured on banknotes.

The lovely Worcester Cathedral appeared on the £20 series E variant, and the new £20 issued in February features Margate Lighthouse. Of course the Bank of England itself has made an appearance on a note too!

Both Clydesdale Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland banknotes show the fantastic Edinburgh Castle and the Bank of Scotland Bridge series notes include a view of the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct in Inverness-shire. The Bank of Ireland notes feature the local Bushmills Distillery. The 10LP (Lewes Pound) note includes a fantastic view of Lewes Castle (built around the 11th Century!).

So what about your town? Is there an iconic view that you would include on your own banknote? Check out our Summer drawing activity pages for the full details of the competition 👉 https://b-o-e.uk/2P26HSl

📷 Images from top left going clockwise:
Lewes Castle, from the Lewes £10 © Lewes Pound CIC
Worcester Cathedral, from the £20 series E variant © Bank of England
Margate Lighthouse, from the £20 series G, © Bank of England
Bushmills Distillery, from the £10 Bank of Ireland, © Bank of Ireland.

Looking for fun and creative things to do over the summer holiday? Take part in our drawing competition for 5 to 11 year...
13/07/2020
Drawing Money competition

Looking for fun and creative things to do over the summer holiday? Take part in our drawing competition for 5 to 11 year olds for a chance to win some prizes. The competition closes 14 August. #DrawingMoney 🙌🎨💷

Design your own banknote that celebrates where you live!

Often affectionately known as the old 'Soane' Bank of England, the building designed by architect Sir John Soane was bui...
10/07/2020

Often affectionately known as the old 'Soane' Bank of England, the building designed by architect Sir John Soane was built during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Bank of England Archive's online gallery includes wonderful photographs from the turn of the century that show us what it really looked like. It remained in use until the 1920s when it was then demolished to make way for the current Bank of England standing on Threadneedle Street. #flashbackfriday

We are pleased to have teamed up with the Mayor of London and other amazing organisations on the London Learning at Home...
07/07/2020

We are pleased to have teamed up with the Mayor of London and other amazing organisations on the London Learning at Home hub. Explore these fantastic resources, helping to keep London’s children and young people learning and connected to their city. https://b-o-e.uk/3gAdCO4 #LondonTogether

#OTD in 1827 the Bank of England opened a branch on Hanover Street in Liverpool. The lease of the premises had been purc...
02/07/2020

#OTD in 1827 the Bank of England opened a branch on Hanover Street in Liverpool. The lease of the premises had been purchased in January from a Mr William Earle for a total of £3000. With Samuel Turner as its Agent, the branch remained at this location until it moved to Castle Street in the 1840s. Their new home was a new building designed by architect C. R Cockerell between 1846-48, and was later listed as grade 1 in 1985 as a 'building of special architectural or historic interest'. The branch was later closed in November 1986, with a Liverpool Agency established in 1987. There are now twelve regional agencies operating across the United Kingdom. Many historical records regarding the operations of the Liverpool branch survive in the Bank Archive, including letter books and staff magazines.
#BoEArchive #archives #buildings #Liverpool

Happy Father's Day! We have lots of free activities for families to enjoy. Why not try a word search or you can even mak...
21/06/2020

Happy Father's Day! We have lots of free activities for families to enjoy. Why not try a word search or you can even make your own gold bar money box at home! https://b-o-e.uk/3fEukeE. #FathersDay #FantasticForFamilies #FamilyFun #MuseumFromHome

What better way to begin the working week than with some furry friends! Our contribution for 'F' week as part of the #Ar...
15/06/2020

What better way to begin the working week than with some furry friends! Our contribution for 'F' week as part of the #ArchiveZ campaign is 'farm animals'. Our photograph collection really does cover a huge range of topics. These wonderful photographs show life during the staff evacuation to Hampshire in WW2. As well as growing their own vegetables and helping with the harvest, staff reared their own animals including goats, rabbits, pigs and chickens!
#archive #archives #boearchive #photograph #photos

How much do you know about Britannia? She has been the symbol of the Bank of England since it was founded in 1694 - but ...
11/06/2020

How much do you know about Britannia? She has been the symbol of the Bank of England since it was founded in 1694 - but what about before?

The first recorded person to use a variation of the term Britannia is the Greek explorer and geographer Pytheas in the 4th century BC. He, along with the Romans, used the term to refer to British Isles. When the Roman conquest began in AD. 43, the province that was set up was referred to as Britannia. Slowly, Britannia started to be personified as a female warrior similar in appearance to the goddess Minerva.

This design was created in the 1800s as a suggestion for a new appearance of Britannia on banknotes. Whilst sadly it was never used, it does hark back to her Greek and Roman roots!

Looking for inspiring art, hidden histories and great entertainment? Take a look at Our City Together, a new campaign by...
05/06/2020

Looking for inspiring art, hidden histories and great entertainment? Take a look at Our City Together, a new campaign by Visit the City of London to share inspiring, positive and thoughtful online content from the Square Mile and beyond. https://b-o-e.uk/2MsK1cy #OurCityTogether

We want to create more online activities for you to enjoy at home. Please take this short survey to tell us what you're ...
01/06/2020

We want to create more online activities for you to enjoy at home. Please take this short survey to tell us what you're interested in! https://b-o-e.uk/2XLSZXD.

Just in time for half term we’ve launched a new Home Learning Hub. It’s jam-packed with fun activities for all the famil...
26/05/2020

Just in time for half term we’ve launched a new Home Learning Hub. It’s jam-packed with fun activities for all the family to get involved with. From drawing sheets, to word searches – there’s something for everyone! https://b-o-e.uk/2znjf2t

James Gillray's iconic cartoon Political Ravishment was published on this day 1797. It is the first printed mention of t...
22/05/2020

James Gillray's iconic cartoon Political Ravishment was published on this day 1797. It is the first printed mention of the Bank of England's nickname The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. Want to know more? Click here 👉 https://b-o-e.uk/2Xk0dlt

In case you missed it, earlier this year we launched a new timeline looking back at past Bank of England governors! Usin...
20/05/2020

In case you missed it, earlier this year we launched a new timeline looking back at past Bank of England governors! Using historic photographs from the Bank of England Archive, it covers governors from 1842 - 1944, including Montagu Norman and Walter Cunliffe. https://b-o-e.uk/2ToM8C2

This week we're participating in the great #ArchiveZ! Our 'B' for this week is architect Herbert Baker, designer of the ...
19/05/2020

This week we're participating in the great #ArchiveZ! Our 'B' for this week is architect Herbert Baker, designer of the current Bank of England building. Baker's design at the time was seen as controversial by many, but it is now registered as a Grade 1 listed monument. Many photographs of the rebuilt 'Baker Bank' as it was when it was finished in 1939 are now held in the Bank of England Archive.
#architecture #building #design #cityoflondon

If you are interested in the subjects of architecture, design or construction, don't forget to check out our online phot...
06/05/2020

If you are interested in the subjects of architecture, design or construction, don't forget to check out our online photograph galleries. Compiled using prints from the Bank's historic photograph collection, we can look back on the Bank's rebuilding during the 1920s.

Hundreds of photographs were taken on a near daily basis and they illustrate well the first hand changes across the building site as it took place over the decade and into the 1930s. The building as it now stands on Threadneedle Street was completed just before the outbreak of the Second World War.

https://b-o-e.uk/2yyE5Lx

22/04/2020
The role of the Bank of England - Part 1: Money

Even though the museum is closed - you can still access our educational resources online! Our 'Keeping on an even keel' films are perfect for KS4+ and explore the Bank of England's main roles and responsibilities in 7 short modules. You can view it for free here: https://b-o-e.uk/3btzYyR

Keeping on an even keel: the role of the Bank of England is a short film that uses nautical metaphors and animation to explain the Bank's roles and responsib...

Our collection of counterfeits from the 19th & 20th century feature quite a few hand drawn wonders. Needless to say that...
08/04/2020

Our collection of counterfeits from the 19th & 20th century feature quite a few hand drawn wonders. Needless to say that some forgers were not natural born artists and that some of the finer design elements were lost. This can be seen best in relation to Daniel Maclise’s iconic design of Britannia, which featured on Bank of England banknotes from 1855 – 1950. Here are some of the least convincing copies that we have come across so far – but which do you think is the worst? Vote in the comments below!

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