Museum late: The Beauty of banknotes

Celebrate the beauty of banknotes with a calligraphy class and a talk on banknote designs

About the event

When: Thursday 16 May, 5 to 8pm (last entry 7.30pm)

Celebrate the beauty of banknotes at our museum late. Have you ever looked at a banknote up close? Each one is like a tiny work of art. 

During the evening, visitors can join one of our pre-bookable calligraphy classes to learn some of the basics and design a personalised banknote. Plus, listen to a talk about banknote design from the designer of the current £20 and £50 banknote.

Create a banknote - Modern Calligraphy workshop for beginners

5pm, 5.45pm, 6pm, and 7.15pm, lasting for 30 minutes.

For ages 16 and up. Free but booking is essential. 

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Learn the fundamentals of modern calligraphy and create your own playful banknote design. Long ago, banknotes would have been handwritten with great care by a cashier. This is a chance to imagine yourself in that moment, creating a modern interpretation of their work.

Your tutor will guide you through the workshop and show you some of the foundational skills and techniques of modern calligraphy. By the end of the class, you will have created your own personalised design to take home.

Perfect for beginners, and an enjoyable practice for those who've tried calligraphy before. Everything you need for the class will be provided and suitable for left and right-handers.

Talk: Designing a Banknote by Debbie Marriott, banknote designer

6.15pm, free, drop-in. 

Learn what it takes to design a banknote in this free talk led by Bank of England banknote designer Debbie Marriott. Debbie led the team who designed the current £20 and £50 notes and will share  elements of the banknote design processes required to transform ideas into physical currency. 

This page was last updated 07 May 2024