Financing the First World War

Find out how our country paid for war when it broke out in 1914. Discover some of the people who supported the national effort by buying war bonds.

Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Friday 10 May 2019

The UK needed lots of money to pay for its involvement in the First World War. Our display looks at how our government raised that money. It explains how it sold war bonds to the public. It explores the role the Bank of England played by arranging loans to help with the war effort.

We reveal some of the individual investors who bought war bonds. These people lived all over the UK. They came from a variety of backgrounds and held a wide range of jobs.

Our display is based on a joint research project by the Bank of England and the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Admission free

We are open Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays), last entry at 4:30pm.

This page was last updated 12 March 2019
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