Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bartholomew Lane, , London EC2R 8AH

Contact: 0207 601 5545



The Bank of England Museum’s education programme is designed to support aspects of teaching in several curriculum areas for key stages 1 and above. It includes free cinema presentations that are highly interactive, offering students the chance to ask questions and keeping them engaged and interested throughout.

The presentations aim to improve pupils’ awareness of money and prices in everyday life and give them a better appreciation of their own spending and saving decisions. Activity sheets are available for all age groups.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

A fascinating combination of exhibits, interactive displays and audio-visual resources reveal the history of the Bank since its foundation in 1694 to its role today at the centre of the economy. The many hands-on displays include a rollerball game, an interactive timeline of financial storms, jigsaws, and the opportunity for some safe cracking.

Students can also take the helm of the brand new interactive boat game and set interest rates to keep the economy stable. Other displays that never fail to amaze pupils of all ages are the one million pound note and a genuine gold bar which can be held, although its 13 kg of weight will catch many people by surprise!


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

The Museum offers a variety of talks and presentations for students that can be tailored to suit the age and requirements of the group. They are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Money (45 minutes) Key Stage 1

Teaches pupils how to identify genuine Bank of England banknotes

Pounds and Pence (60 Minutes) Key Stages 2 and 3

Encourages pupils to think about the value of money and prices, and their spending and saving decisions.

Keeping on an Even Keel (60 minutes) Key Stage 4 and above

This short film (15 min), winner of the Learning on Screen 2014 General Education Non-Broadcast Award, explains what the Bank does to keep inflation low, maintain trust in its banknotes and keep the financial system stable. The film is followed by a talk and a Q&A session.

This venue has the following accreditation:

LOtC Quality Badge

Children’s University Learning Destination.

What size groups do they cater for?

Presentations are available to groups of between 15 and 50 people. There are no group size restrictions for a visit to the Museum only.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational

Age appropriate Activity Sheets are available free of charge at the Museum Information Desk. They can also be downloaded from the Museum’s website. A variety of resources for teachers is also available for download from the website

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Photography is allowed without flash.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

'There are no activities that the children will be engaging in that require risk assessment under the statutory provisions.  

The Bank of England is fully compliant with all health and safety legislation.'
D W Whittle CFIOSH
Health, Safety & Fire Manager
Bank of England

What are the contact details for their education officer?

There are several education officers at the venue. They can be contacted via email or by phone 0207 601 5545


What does it cost?

Visiting the Museum, including talks and presentations, is free of charge.


Is specific clothing required?



Do you have first aid on site?

The Museum’s Security Officers are qualified first aiders.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

There’s a Museum shop with a variety of gifts to suit all budgets. There's no canteen or lunch area within the premises.


Are there disabled facilities?

The Museum welcomes disabled visitors and tries to overcome the limitations of a historic building that does not provide easy access for people with disabilities.

There’s step free access at the back of the building, and portable ramps give wheelchair users access to all areas of the Museum including the toilet for disabled visitors. Advanced notification is appreciated, although the ramps can be put in place at short notice.

There is a hearing loop for use in the cinema. The main interactive video display has optional sub-titles.

Coaches and cars can stop briefly to set down and pick up outside the entrance to the Museum.
For further information and to notify us of your visit, please telephone the Education & Museum Group on 020 7601 5545.

What are your opening days and hours?

Open Monday to Friday all year (closed on the first two weeks of January). Closed weekends and Bank Holidays.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

I wanted to thank you for an excellent presentation to our group. It was a really excellent opportunity very much enjoyed by the students. The video explaining why inflation is a problem for business investment was very useful. I would definitely do this again.
Ed Joyce
(Economics teacher)

I am writing to thank you on behalf of the students at Jack Hunt School who attended the Bank of England Presentation and museum on Tuesday 17th April 2012. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and visiting the museum. Please can you thank the speakers on our behalf. We look forward to visiting you again next year.

Best Regards

Nooruz Zaman
Head of Business and Enterprise
Jack Hunt School

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for suck a wonderful experience. All students enjoyed the presentation and found the content both interesting and pitched at the right level. The museum provided a wealth of information at all different levels but our boys were particularly attracted to the Gold Bar.

We hope to visit you again next year, as part of our financial programme for Y8.
Kind regards
Maria Lavelle
Finchley Catholic High School

We are writing to say thank you on behalf of the year 5’s from Camelsdale Primary School for giving us a presentation on money that we really enjoyed. We mostly enjoyed watching the clips about money and hearing about the gold vaults and their stories. When we were in the Museum we liked learning about security features for money. We especially liked the ultra violet light. Thank you very much again.

From all year 5’s
Camelsdale Primary School
Haslemere, Surrey

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums SEN Themed Attractions

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies Citizenship History Mathematics

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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