This exhibition will be available until Friday 14 September 2018
This new exhibition at the Bank of England Museum explores the Bank’s literary connections and celebrates the launch of the new Jane Austen £10 note.
Visitors will be able to find out more about the new £10 note, and learn about its high-tech security features. The exhibition will also take a look at the life of Jane Austen, and in particular the theme of money that runs throughout her work. This includes the ‘single men in possession of a good fortune’ in Pride and Prejudice, and the political and economic circumstances of the war which made fortunes for characters like Captain Wentworth in Persuasion.
'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!'
Jane Austen is not the first writer to appear on a Bank of England note. William Shakespeare appeared on the £20 note between 1970 and 1991, and Charles Dickens appeared on the £10 note between 1992 and 2000. Dickens wrote about the Bank of England in both his fiction – it appears as a location in the Pickwick Papers, among other works – and his journalistic writings. The exhibition will include artwork for the Dickens banknote, banknote designs by Dickens’ friend Daniel Maclise, and examples of forgeries examined by Dickens in his journal, Household Words.