This fascinating Museum tells the story of the Bank since its foundation in 1694 to its role at the centre of the economy. Interactive displays, audio-visuals, games and artefacts help explain its many and varied roles.
The museum hosts a variety of exhibits and displays including a rollerball game, jigsaws and an interactive timeline that navigates through the history of the financial storms. One of the more popular exhibits allows visitors to take the helm of a virtual boat to set monetary policy to keep inflation on a stable course. Other displays include a one million pound note, and a genuine gold bar which can be held!
The Bank of England Museum’s education programme is designed to support aspects of teaching in several curriculum areas for key stages 2 and above. It includes free cinema presentations tailored to suit the age and interests of the group (booking essential).
Pounds & Pence (60 minutes) Key stage 2 and 3 – Encourages pupils to think about the value of money and prices, and their spending and saving decisions.
Keeping on an even keel (60 minutes) Key stage 4 and above – Explains what the Bank does to keep inflation low, maintain trust in its banknotes and keep the financial system stable.
All presentations are free of charge and must be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0207 601 5545.
The Museum offers free activity sheets which are a great way for young people to explore the Museum whilst learning the role of the Bank. They are targeted at different age groups from under 5 to 17 year olds.
Open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm
Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH