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Exhibitions and Events at the Bank of England Museum in 2017

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The Bank of England Museum, in Threadneedle Street at the heart of the City of London will be presenting a host of events, exhibitions and displays for 2017.  One of the highlights is the Museum’s special exhibition, Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature, which marks the launch of the new polymer £10 note, featuring the image of Jane Austen. The exhibition will include a wealth of exhibits related to the lives and works of Austen, Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, Dr Johnson, Robert Browning, Samuel Pepys and George Eliot.

The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank, from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom’s central bank. Within a full-size reconstruction of Sir John Soane’s 18th-century Stock Office, a large boat construction is full of interactive displays explaining how the Bank works, banknote design and security and how the Bank tries to keep the financial system on an even keel.

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The new Banknote Gallery tells the story of the banknote, from the early days when paper money was largely mistrusted, to the new £5 note, packed with security features and printed on polymer. Filled with original drawings, artwork, designs, notes and sketches from the Bank’s collection, the gallery includes the earliest paper notes from Ming dynasty China and the ‘running cash’ notes – as old as the Bank of England itself, the earliest 17th century Bank of England notes and classic designs such as the ‘white fiver’ which lasted for 100 years.

New and Current Exhibitions

Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature 

This summer, the Bank of England will issue a new polymer £10 note, featuring Jane Austen. To celebrate the launch, this new exhibition explores the Bank’s literary connections over the last three centuries. The exhibition will illustrate the richness of the Bank’s collections, presenting exhibits related to the lives and works of Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, Dr Johnson, Robert Browning, Samuel Pepys and George Eliot. It will also reflect on moments when the Bank and the finances of London have been woven into classic works of fiction.  Dates: Opens summer 2017, runs until early 2018. 

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Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England 

The Bank of England Archive presents a largely unseen, beautifully atmospheric, photographic history of the Bank and its city since the mid-19th century.  Beginning with early salt paper prints from the 1840s and reaching forward to new images of the city today, the exhibition explores an alternative and sometimes surprising history of the Bank, its buildings and staff, while also creating a history of London from the Bank’s perspective.

 Among the highlights is a series of images of Sir John Soane’s ‘lost’ Bank of England. The windowless ‘curtain’ wall on Threadneedle Street is the only part of Soane’s original building standing today and the exhibition presents the best photographic record of the lost ‘Old Bank’.

Dates: Currently open, runs until summer 2017.

New Temporary Displays

The Big Bang 30th Anniversary – On 27th October 1986, the introduction of electronic trading and other radical changes affected market systems and the structure of the Stock Exchange. Thirty years on, a new, small display includes original documents from the Bank’s archive, revealing fascinating insights into the innovation that transformed the City. 

Dates: Currently open, until 28 April 2017.

20th Anniversary of the Bank’s Independence – On 6 May 1997, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer granted the Bank of England operational independence. The Bank began to set interest rates, and the Monetary Policy Committee was established. This new display uses a range of documents from the Bank of England’s Archive to explain what these changes meant and how they shaped the way the Bank works today.

Dates: From 2 May 2017.

Events

Toad to the Rescue 

The fantastic stories from The Wind in the Willows (whose author, Kenneth Grahame, was Secretary of the Bank for ten years) are brought to life by a costumed storyteller in fun and interactive sessions. No booking required. 

Dates: 13-17 February at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm 

Chicks’ Great EGGscape – Join the hunt to find the hidden chicks and a golden egg by following the trail around the Museum and then decorate an Easter animal mask or finger puppet to take home. There’s a chocolate egg for every child.

Dates: 3-13 April from 10am-4:30pm 

Museums at Night 

A rare opportunity to visit the Museum after dark. Enjoy a variety of gallery talks and chat to gold and banknote experts. Meet members of the Museum and Archive teams, who will reveal some unique and unseen objects from the Bank’s collection which visitors can handle. 

Dates: Friday 19 May from 5:30-9pm 

Piggy Bank on us! 

Take inspiration from our collection of money boxes by following the trail and then join a creative workshop and decorate your own ceramic piggy bank. 

Dates: 30 May-2 June from 10:30am-4:30pm 

There is no charge for admission to the Museum or for any event

Visitor Information

Entrance: Bartholomew Lane (off Threadneedle Street), London EC2R 8AH (a two-minute walk from Bank Underground Station). 

Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm). Closed Public and Bank Holidays and weekends, except for special events taking place on those days.

If you would like further information, visit the Bank of England website here

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