Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England exterior
The Bank of England Museum is a fascinating walk through time, looking back at the history of this venerable institution from its inception by royal charter in 1694.
The bank's charter can be seen, with the royal seal attached, as can early examples of banknotes dating from the 17th century, and original artwork used in the creation of banknote design. There is also a large collection of banknote forgeries, some clever and some less than convincing. There is an equally comprehensive collection of coins from the royal mint.
There are also less expected displays of wonderful antique furniture, much of it used by the bank directors over the centuries, such as a set of chairs specially designed by architect Sir John Soane. In addition, an extensive collection of artwork portrays bank personnel and the changing look of the bank premises over time. As if that were not enough, there is antique silver and statuary, weaponry used to defend bank premises, and banking paraphernalia such as weights, scales, keys, and calculators. You can even try to heft a real gold bar.
The Bank of England Museum hosts a regular program of special events, talks, and exhibits. An audio tour is available for a small fee, with the commentary "provided" by Abraham Newland, Chief Cashier of the Bank from 1778 to 1807.
One curious note: the Bank's premises on Threadneedle Street were originally intended as temporary quarters only. The Bank has now been located here for over 270 years.
The name "Threadneedle Street" is - in theory - pronounced by true Cockney residents as "Thrumble". I say, "in theory" because an attempt by this writer's American father to ask for directions to "Thrumble Street" was met by blank stares from all the Londoners he encountered. Try it yourself!

About Bank of England Museum
Address: Bartholomew Lane, London, Greater London, England, EC2R 8AH
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: entrance in Bartholomew Lane
Website: Bank of England Museum
Phone: 020 7601 5545
Location map
OS: TQ311 823
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Nearest station: London underground station Farringdon - 0.4 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1


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