Tag: history

(Nederlands) De verslagen van de Raad van Bestuur van 1850 tot 1913 nu ook digitaal te raadplegen

(Nederlands) De verslagen van de Raad van Bestuur van de Nationale Bank zijn tot en met 1913 gedigitaliseerd en raadpleegbaar in het Algemeen Rijksarchief in Brussel.

(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.

Money That Goes Up In Smoke

Since being discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, tobacco has become a significant feature of our society. While its detrimental effects on health are now well-known, it was initially regarded as a medicine before becoming a symbol of freedom and a life style represented, for example, by the famous Marlboro cowboy. What many people don’t know is that tobacco was used as a means of payment at various times in history ….

This way to the money. Come and see the banking hall at the National Bank

Have you ever had occasion to enter the imposing banking hall at the National Bank of Belgium? Do you know what it looks like and the reasons why ordinary people go there? You go in via the main NBB entrance just a few steps away from the Temporary Museum. The time has come to devote this new edition of Spotlight to the banking hall.

There’s a cow in the museum!

After all the banknotes and coins on display at the National Bank of Belgium’s Temporary Museum, in the fifth room a large cow makes a sudden appearance. But just what is this animal doing here?

(Nederlands) Nieuw in de lerarenkamer!

(Nederlands) Ben je als leerkracht op zoek naar zoveel mogelijk beschikbare informatie over één van de thema’s die in het NBB-museum aan bod komen? Dan helpen de thematische dossiers je alvast een eind op weg.

Coin production through the ages: casting, and manual or mechanical hammering

Coins gradually came into use for everyday transactions from 700 BC onwards. Nowadays, we cannot imagine being without them. They are recognised as a means of payment in virtually all cultures. This month we are therefore putting the “Spotlight” on coin production.

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.

Brussels, m’as-tu vu? Exploring the Hôtel du gouverneur

Did you know that the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium has an official residence within the Bank itself for the entire duration of his mandate?

The Carolus guilder: an imperial coin

Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, was born in Ghent in 1500. His almost legendary reputation is due to the statement that in his empire the sun never set. Charles V ruled over the Burgundian Netherlands, he was King of Spain (and Spain’s overseas colonies) and he was also the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. During his reign the economy flourished. Herman van der Wee even talks of the emergence of a global economy led by Europe in the 16th century. It is therefore no coincidence that Charles V laid some of the foundations for the modern coinage.