Local children enjoy ‘making money’

Posted by ap507 at Nov 19, 2015 11:11 AM |
University of Leicester-based project showcased at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 November 2015

Hundreds of local children have been drawing their own £100 notes, and thousands of these brilliant designs are on display from Saturday in the Victorian Gallery at New Walk Museum, Leicester.

One hundred of the children’s designs have been chosen for a special display, and six notes have been printed in quantity, to show what a million pounds looks like.

The bank notes are part of a project based at the University of Leicester to help local children see how our number system is built on tens, hundreds and thousands. It follows a much-loved venture last year, when City and County children made over 10,000 salt-dough hedgehogs. The hedgehogs were touring schools until last week, when they went into hibernation.

Dr Rose Griffiths, from the University of Leicester School of Education, said: “The children have really enjoyed making money! There are designs from pupils aged 2 to 14, full of their ideas of what is important enough to feature on a bank note.”

The exhibition is open from 11am to 4pm every day from Saturday 21st to Wednesday 25th November. Visitors can make their own £100, count bundles of money, play money games and see money from around the world.

Can you fit a million pounds in a suitcase? Come and find out!

After New Walk Museum, the Million Pounds will go on tour until next summer.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant Mayor, will visit the exhibition on Wednesday 25 November at 2pm.

For interviews contact Dr Rose Griffiths on: rnag1@leicester.ac.uk

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