Visitors to the Museum of London will soon be able to spot a Time Credit in the shiny cabinets as our London notes are set to go on museum display for the first time! Time Credits have been selected to feature in “(Un)Common Currency”: a new temporary display which explores alternative currencies past and present. Alongside Time Credits will be tokens, coins and notes from many London communities, including 17th Century trade tokens, the Brixton Pound and even tokens made of boiled leather.
“We were very excited to be asked to feature in (Un)Common Currency,” says Spice CEO Ian Merrill. “We are soon to celebrate 6 years of working in London, and our London programmes are rapidly growing their reach across the capital, challenging traditional notions of monetary value as everyone’s time is valued equally.”
The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times, and the (Un)Common Currency display forms part of The City Is Ours exhibition which runs until January 2018. As part of the exhibition, visitors will be able to learn more about the stories of the people and places that have featured on money throughout the ages, and learn about the different ways that currency has been used to raise awareness of causes such as women’s suffrage and anti-slavery movements.
The exhibition is free to enter and you can find out the museum opening times and access details from the Museum of London’s website. We’d love to hear your impressions of the exhibition – share your visit on social media and tag us #TimeCredits!
To celebrate the introduction of Time Credits to the museum’s collection, on Thursday 2 November we will be hosting an exclusive Time Credits talk with the curator of the exhibition – visit our eventbrite page for more details and to register for your place.