Money matters Free



This free display looks at how money has affected everyday life – from the cash we carry in our pockets to financial concepts such as taxation and inflation.

Money’s central function has remained the same for thousands of years – it’s a convenient way to transfer wealth or pay for things. However, over the centuries, people’s personal relationships with money have developed and its role has evolved along with political systems. In this display, discover the world of money and your relationship with it through a selection of objects drawn from different societies through history.

The display will focus on several key financial concepts through history, including taxation, globalisation, inflation, assets, banking and debt. Financial terminology has always featured in idioms and everyday sayings, giving the impression that these concepts are somehow modern inventions. The display instead reveals that many micro and macroeconomic concepts and functions are actually rooted in history – from debt in Roman Egypt to inflation in revolutionary France.


Adult Ticket: Free (USD0.00)

Venue Details & Map

British Museum

British Museum
Great Russell Street
+44 (0)20 7323 8000
Public transport:
Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square

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