October 15, 2015 Museums Inspiring Change
The theme for the 2015 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting was “The Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change”. So it was fitting that it should be held in Atlanta, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.
September 28, 2015 Unpacking the Collection 3
Before banks were established in remote regions of Canada, paying employees involved shipping currency long distances into wild and often lawless locations. The alternative to this risky enterprise was for the company to issue its own money. Called scrip…
September 15, 2015 The 2015 Commemorative $20 Bank Note Revealed
It’s a historic day for us as well. It isn’t every day that the Bank of Canada introduces a new commemorative note.
September 1, 2015 Inside Out Animals
In fact, any hint of revulsion was immediately displaced by astonishment. To see the inner workings of an animal exposed in such clarity is an experience one should seek out.
August 19, 2015 Unpacking the Collection 2
During 1952, Comfort produced a number of pencil and watercolour design models for the face of the new notes. Some were updates of the traditional style while others were radically modern treatments.
August 5, 2015 Swindle! Canadian Phantom Banks
In exchange for pizza and a day out of the office, several Bank employees were persuaded to dress up in period costumes and re-enact three key moments from the history of this shady “bank”.
July 21, 2015 Unpacking the Collection 1
In the mid 60s, high denomination notes were in such low circulation that Bank of Canada Governor Louis Rasminsky and the Minister of Finance discussed the possibility of actually dropping the denomination altogether.
July 6, 2015 The Travelling Translator II
Also in Brussels is the National Bank of Belgium, which, just like our own central bank, is undergoing some renovations at the moment. However, I could still visit their temporary (and free) museum.
June 23, 2015 New Acquisitions
The Canadian financial system of today is diverse… A little known but once prolific system member was loan and building societies. These firms made loans for the construction or purchase of property against mortgages as collateral.
June 10, 2015 The Travelling Translator 1
One of the things of which Paris doesn’t lack is museums. Whether you like fashion, music, history, literature, science, arts or tennis, you will find something that suits your tastes. The City of Paris alone owns 14 of them and access to their permanent collections is free in most cases.