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The Science of Banknotes

  • The Royal Institution of Great Britain 21 Albemarle Street London, England, W1S United Kingdom (map)

Hosted by The Royal institution

In November 2018, the Bank of England asked the public to nominate a scientist to be the next face of the £50 note. Join us to explore how science will be celebrated on the final note in the first series to be issued on polymer. Sarah John, Chief Cashier, will then explore the modern science needed to stay one step ahead of banknote fraud.

The talk will be 45 minutes long to allow time for attendees to explore exhibit items bought by the Bank of England. 

About the Speaker

Sarah John joined the Bank of England as a graduate from Cambridge in 1999. She has undertaken a wide variety of roles in relation to monetary policy, financial stability and markets – most recently as Head of Sterling Markets Division. As Chief Cashier and Director of Notes, Sarah is responsible for the production of high quality, secure notes which the public can use with confidence.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

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The Merit Club members receive an exclusive 20% discount from the Royal Institution.

Date: Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Location: The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

Investment: Members pay ££12.80

Please note, this event is not organised by The Merit Club

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Earlier Event: July 16
Later Event: July 17
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