This small one room exhibition will look at how money has affected and permeated everyday life -- from the coins and bank notes we carry around in our pockets, to the financial realities of taxation, inflation and debt.
Whilst money's central function has remained the same for thousands of years, our relationship with it has developed and evolved along with our political systems. This exhibition will use a selection of objects from different societies throughout history to explore that change.
It will explain key financial concepts like taxation, inflation, banking and debt, and show how these modern-sounding terms actually have deep roots in history -- from the large debts of Roman Egypt to the heavy inflation in revolutionary France.
It will include a mix of objects from 2,000-year-old Roman bankers' tallies, to a 1950s Diners Club board game.
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Craig’s review – “I always feel like a school kid walking round here, looking at all the broken bones and stones and pretending to be keen. "Yes, Miss... a piece of pottery from 1,000 BC. Amazing." Don't forget to tick them off on your sheet, she says. "When can we can we go home, Miss?" Not for another three hours, she says. "Oh Jesus Christ, are you serious?… continued”
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