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The Bank's Stock Office

When you enter the Bank of England Museum, you'll arrive in a reconstruction of one of our eighteenth-century offices built by Sir John Soane, who was the Bank's architect from 1788 to 1833.Keeping on an even keel: what the Bank does

Keeping on an even keel: what the Bank of England does

All aboard the monetary policy boat, to discover what exactly the Bank of England does.

This display explains the inner workings of the Bank what we do and how we do it. As the United Kingdom’s central bank, we have a unique role in the economy. We work to keep inflation steady and low and make sure that the wider financial system is stable and protected from economic shocks. We also issue banknotes. 

Here you can play our monetary policy boat game, which brings to life quantitative easing, one of the tools we use to keep the economy stable.

The architecture of the BankThe Bank of England's architecture

Sir John Soane is our probably the Bank of England's most famous architect. But during the 1920s, Sir Herbert Baker rebuilt and expanded the whole Bank. Soane’s bank was almost completely demolished: the only part that remains today is the curtain wall around the outside of the building. Today’s bank is a blend of both architects’ styles.

In this gallery, you can find out about its architectural history, see images of the Bank through the years and take a virtual tour of today's Bank of England.​