Tag: First World War

(Nederlands) (Over)leven in oorlogstijd

(Nederlands) Tijdens de maand oktober kreeg het museum twee rhetoricaklassen van het Athénée Robert Catteau van Brussel op bezoek. In het kader van hun erfgoed- en burgerschapsklassen namen zij deel aan het Educatieve spel over de Eerste Wereldoorlog dat het museum aanbiedt. Gedurende twee uren dompelden de leerlingen zich onder in het universum van de Grote Oorlog in de stad Brussel die vanaf 20 augustus 1914 door de Duitsers bezet werd.

(Nederlands) Educatief spel over de Eerste Wereldoorlog

(Nederlands) De herdenking van 100 jaar oorlog is ook het Tijdelijk Museum van de Nationale Bank niet ontgaan. Vanaf november 2015 kunnen leerlingen van het 5de en 6de middelbaar zich inleven in de dagelijkse strijd die de Brusselse bevolking moest voeren om te overleven tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog.

Portraying the fatherland

In 1869, nearly 20 years after its foundation, the National Bank of Belgium first saw big-themed bank notes roll off the presses. Their recognition value to the general populace and the level of detail put in by their creators quickly turned these drawings into a key weapon in combating forgery. The iconography also had a symbolic, nation-building purpose, and in Belgium its allegories and images typically captured the aspirations and successes of the nation state. This ‘In the Spotlight’ provides a snapshot of the way in which the National Bank has portrayed the fatherland on its franc banknotes over time.

Belgian emergency money from the First World War : sequel

In 2013, the museum uploaded his entire collection of Belgian emergency banknotes and coins from the First World War. Recently, it has been completed with some new acquisitions from Ghent, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and Zingem.

Money can’t buy happiness

A display case in Room 3 of the National Bank’s Temporary Museum contains a small painting depicting a wealthy man frightened by a skeleton playing a musical instrument. Nearby you can see an emergency banknote featuring skeletons dancing. What was the reason for depicting such macabre scenes on banknotes, and what is the connection between the painting and money? Find out in this edition of “Spotlight”!

New 2-euro coin on display in the museum

The newest Belgian € 2 commemorative coin is dedicated to the centenary of the start of the First World War. As of today, the coin is on display in the National Bank of Belgium’s temporary Museum.

Centenary of the Great War: the National Bank in wartime

This edition of ‘Spotlight’ describes what happened to the National Bank during the Great War.

The Belgian emergency notes of World War I are now online!

The Museum of the National Bank of Belgium posesses more than 4500 originals of Belgian emergency notes of World War I . With the centenary of this conflict coming up, it has put the collection online.

1000 francs for the Battle of the Yser

The Belgian banknote has always been the nation’s ambassador. At its very beginning national allegories decorated the note, later on they were replaced by royals and only the latter series made room for Belgian historical or cultural figures. By doing so the iconographic field became much larger for the latter series.

Emergency money

Everybody knows probably the stories about butter and eggs which have been smuggled from the countryside to the city during the war. But how were these butter and eggs paid for?