Visit London Blog » bank of england Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:26:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bank of England Museum Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:24:07 +0000

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind those imposing walls at the Bank of England, find out by visiting the free museum inside the bank.

The Bank of England Museum traces the history of the bank from 1694 to the present day and explores the history of money, the building and the employees.

While the collections of coins are rather impressive, some of the most facinating items tell the story of the people who worked there. An area is devoted to Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows who worked at the bank and his letters tell how he left rather abruptly. I also enjoyed seeing the smart hat and gaiters worn by a women porter who worked at the bank during the first world war.

The current special exhibition, The Pound In Your Pocket explores absolutely everything you ever wanted to know about inflation, including an interactive toy that replicated the challenge of controlling inflation and avoiding economic shock. I found it quite impossible to balance, which I guess was the point!

Bank of England Museum, open Monday to Friday (closed bank holidays), 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry at 16:45). Admission free.

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Video of the Week: London’s Little Known Museums Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:00:20 +0000

This video from our friends Steven Gardner and presenter Will Gowing makes a great accessory to our suggestions for London’s specialist interest museums and quirky museums.

See the boys check out the Hunterian, the Bank of England Museum, Dr Johnson’s House and more on their trip around London’s lesser-known museums.

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