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Talks and presentations


The Museum offers a variety of talks and presentations for groups of between 15 and 50 visitors. They are designed for people of all ages, interests and abilities. All the talks and presentations are free of charge and must be booked in advance. We recommend that visitors attending a talk or presentation should allow an extra hour to view the Museum.
Any of the talks and presentations listed on this page can be adapted to suit groups of visitors with special needs. A hearing loop is available in the cinema.

The Museum will be closed for essential maintenance between 2 – 12 January 2018.

Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

A guide to our free talks, tours and presentations

Booking presentations FAQs  

Group Booking Form

For further information or to make a reservation please e-mail the Education and Museum Group with a completed copy of the booking form or telephone on +44 (0)20 7601 5545. 



​Suitable for

Approximate duration


A presentation on money which includes the chance to handle sheets of new banknotes worth thousands of pounds, learn about how to identify a genuine banknote and find out more about gold. The presentation has continuous pupil participation throughout.

Key Stage 1
(​​5-7 year olds )
​45 minutes

​Pounds and Pence

Watch the film

This presentation is cross-curricular and contains educational links to English, Maths, History and Citizenship/PSHE/PSE/PSD.

The Pounds and Pence film covers the history and purpose of money, why prices change and the Bank of England's role in keeping prices low and stable. Children will enjoy the upbeat style of the film and the humorous scenarios which explain the points in an accessible and entertaining way. Using sheets of new banknotes worth thousands of pounds, children will examine the security features on these genuine notes and be encouraged to play an active part throughout the presentation.

Key stages 2 and 3
(​​8-14 year olds)
​45-60 minutes

​Keeping on an even keel - the role of the Bank of England Q&A

Watch the film

A short film that uses nautical metaphor and animation to explain the Bank’s roles and responsibilities in an accessible, imaginative and entertaining way. The film is divided into seven short modules, which provide a simple guide to the Bank’s monetary policy and financial stability roles. The modules explain why low inflation and a safe and stable financial system matter to the UK economy and how the Bank contributes to achieving them.


Key stage 4 (14-16 year olds) & above.

A Level students, students with an interest in economics and business studies in higher education, and people with a business or financial background

​45-60 minutes

​The Bank of England, past and present

A presentation giving a brief history of the Bank of England since its foundation in 1694 and describing the main role and functions of the Bank today. Questions are invited on all aspects of the Bank and its functions both past and present.

Visitors with a general interest in the Bank ​60 minutes

​Introduction to the Museum

These short talks for small groups in the Museum outline the history of the Bank, its architecture and its work today.

They are subject to staff availability and should be booked at least two-weeks in advance.

​All ​10-15 minutes