Money, money, money - everybody uses it, what would we do without it? Interesting to have, but interesting to see? Actually, yes. A visit to the Bank of England Museum is the entertaining way to get up close and personal with the moolah.
Designed by the exhibition consultants Higgins Gardner & Partners and opened in 1988, the Museum has received the City Heritage Award and the Stone Federation Award for Outstanding Craftsmanship. Charting the history of the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street since its founding in 1694, it houses an absorbing collection of documents, photographs and artifacts as well as the obvious coins and banknotes. Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind in the Willows worked for thirty years at the bank rising to the rank of Secretary, and the museum has a permanent display which includes his dramatic resignation letter.
Visitors can grapple - literally - with the inflation issue via the The Pound in Your Pocket Exhibition, examine the collection of forgeries or hold a genuine gold bar in their hand. There's plenty specially for kids too - summer activities include Moneybox Modelling and a course in calligraphy and dip pen writing.
Fascinating and fun, forget your ideas about stuffy suits - this is the way to play with money.