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Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature at Bank of England Museum

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Charles Dickens, £10 Portrait (detail), The Bank of England Museum
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Discover the story behind the new Jane Austen £10 note, and explore the City of London's rich history and the famous authors who drew inspiration from it. Read More


Explore the wonderful tales inspired by one of the world's oldest financial institutions with the Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature exhibition at the Bank of England Museum

In conjunction with the launch of the new polymer £10 note featuring Jane Austen, the exhibition brings together many famous stories which featured the Bank of England and the financial City of London over the centuries.

Find the many references to the City in Austen's novels. Follow the story of Kenneth Grahame, who was a Bank of England employee for 30 years before publishing his much-loved novel The Wind in the Willows. Discover the backgrounds of poet and playwright Charles Lamb, and authors P.G. Wodehouse and T.S. Eliot, all of whom worked for the City before literature cemented their names into modern culture.

Plus, learn about the evolution of the new banknote, from the original hand-drawn sketches of Charles Dickens to the security innovations integrated into the new design.

Venue Details & Map

Bank of England Museum

Bartholomew Lane
+44 (0)20 3461 5545
Public transport:
Tube or DLR: Bank Tube or rail: Liverpool Street Rail: Fenchurch Street or Cannon Street (weekdays only)

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