He was visiting and I had a day off work to hang out with him around London.
I loved this triple lock plate from 1930. The three locks are each operated by a separate key, held by a different person.
In 1966, it was announced that the UK currency (twelve pennies to the shilling and twenty shillings to the pound) would be replaced by a decimal system.
Pamphlets were produced to introduce the system.
Could they look more boring?!
All in all, the museum is pretty interesting – but unfortunately I didn’t manage to get much more than the snaps above.
#1. Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows, worked at the bank for nearly thirty years.
#2. An ounce of gold can be stretched over 50 miles. 50 miles!
#3. Gold scales at the Bank of England are accurate to the weight of a postage stamp.
#4. Gold bars look like they’re stored upside down, but it’s actually to make them easier to pick up. Bars are stored in an underground vault at the Bank of England, 80 bars per pallet.
#5. £20 = Score. £25 = Pony.
2. Churchill War Rooms
3. Cinema Museum
4. Dennis Sever’s House
5. Dr Johnson’s house
6. Design Museum
7. Down House
8. The Geffrye Museum
9. London Film Museum
10. London Transport Museum
11. Mansion House
12. Brunel Museum
13. Museum of the Order of St John
14. Musical Museum
15. Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret
16. Pollock’s Toy Museum
17. Rose Theatre exhibition
18. Fashion and Textile Museum
19. Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments
20. Sherlock Holmes Museum
21. Twinings Museum
22. V&A Museum of Childhood
23. Bank of England museum
24. The Stephens Museum