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Printing plate for £50,000 notes
The Bank of England’s historical collections tell the story of the Bank, its buildings and its staff over more than 300 years. Many of these collections have been gathered in the course of the Bank’s business, such as the unique collection of banknotes. Others, such as the furniture and artworks, were purchased over the centuries to furnish the offices.

The social history collection illustrates the life and work of the Bank of England’s staff since 1694.  Excavations on the site during the 1925-39 re-building programme unearthed some fascinating archaeology.  

Highlights from our collections can be seen on display in the Bank of England Museum, and will be published online here. The first batch of objects is from the Banknote and Coin collection; others will follow throughout 2017.

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