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This is a sponsored article on behalf of the Bank of England Museum.

Ever wondered what it feels like to hold a bar of gold? Or how that crisp tenner in your pocket came to be? Find out after hours at one of London’s best small museums this May.

On Thursday 16 May, the Bank of England Museum stays up late for a deep dive into the world of cash — revealing the secrets behind banknotes and exploring their role in an increasingly cashless society.

Meet banknote designers, grill them on the latest polymer notes design, and have a chat with Sarah John — the Bank of England’s chief cashier — whose signature will appear on next year’s new £20 notes.

You’ll also have the chance to learn all about the UK gold reserve, a glittering, subterranean treasure trove located underneath the Bank. Sadly the Gold Bullion team won’t be giving away any free samples (we checked), but you will have the chance to get a taste of the high life by handling a real gold bar. Be careful, though — weighing a whopping 13 kilos, it’s a lot heavier than you’d think.

You don’t have to be a budding numismatist to get the most out of this museum late — there’s something to please anyone after an evening out with a twist…

Bit of a history buff? Have a rummage through the archives and learn all about the Bank’s fascinating 325-year history. Art aficionado? Take in Feliks Topolski’s famous doodles of daily working life at the Bank of England’s printing works in Debden, 1957. Wannabe captain? Take the helm of the monetary policy boat and navigate the history of financial storms through the museum’s interactive displays.

Best of all, the event is completely free. Just turn up after work and you’re golden.

Noteworthy at the Bank of England Museum, 5.30pm-9pm on Thursday 16 May 2019. Entry and all activities are free, and there’s no need to book. Click here to find out more about the museum.

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