Picture the City: Introduction

Travel through time with the Bank of England Museum's collection

By Bank of England Museum

Picture the City (2021) by Thomas.Matthews Communication DesignBank of England Museum

Introduction 1

Come and explore this city…

London is a city of layers. Even in the most modern parts of the city, we can read in the landscape stories from the past.

Introduction 2

The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. 

This exhibition brings together eight landscape paintings from the Bank of England Museum’s collection, revealing scenes of historical London. 

Introduction 3

You’ll go all over London – from leafy Hampstead Heath to the industrial landscape of the Docklands – and meet a variety of people on your journey. 

Introduction 4

The people in these landscapes are going about their daily lives and interacting with the economic world around them – shopping, working, leisure and transport.

Introduction 5

The economy is all around us. Let us paint a picture of how that impacts your daily life. 

Picture the City is about revealing layers – where the past meets the present.

Introduction 6

Ready to begin your journey?

Scroll to reveal links to visit each location!

See for yourself!

If you're currently in, or visiting, London you can explore each site in person and check out the view for yourself! Signs are installed at each site giving more information about the location and the digital exhibition.

Credits: Story

Picture the City is an exhibition produced by the Bank of England Museum.
This is the introduction to an eight part exhibition. Click on the hyperlinks below to continue the exhibition!

London Bridge
Mansion House
Ludgate Hill
Waterloo Bridge
Covent Garden
St James's Park 
Hampstead Heath

Explore more and discover the sites in real life on our website!

All images © Bank of England Museum except where stated.

With thanks to: Thomas.Matthews.

Credits: All media
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