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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Spend your Friday Evening at the Bank of England Museum
As part of the Museum's At Night season, the Bank of England Museum will be staying open late on Friday, 17 May. This will be a perfect opportunity for daytime workers to visit the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street after hours. All the usual exhibitions and displays will be on offer. Additions for the evening will include experts explaining the history, security features and design of banknotes.

Museums at Night: The Bank of England Museum
Banknote (Image courtesy of

Of course the bar of gold bullion (secure in a special case) is on display so that you can try your skill at lifting it: a couple of work outs at the gym might be a good idea as it is heavier than it looks.

Museums at Night: The Bank of England Museum
Gold Bullion

We take banks and banking for granted (and possibly don't always view bankers in a very kind light these days), but a visit to the museum offers a fascinating insight into an institution that has grown and developed over more than 400 years, the majority of them on the present site. Activity sheets are available for children, as is a virtual online tour to give them a head start.

Admission to the Bank of England Museum is free, so take advantage of an opportunity to get something for nothing, and try to resist the temptation to treat the kids to something from the gift shop if you can.
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Why? To have a look behind the scenes at the Bank of England Museum
When: Between 5.30 and 9pm
Where: The Bank of England
Cost: Free
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