Behind the headlines
Crises and crashes

Friday 20 September 2013,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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Behind the headlines is a series of events at the Museum exploring the cultural context behind news stories from across the world, looking closely at objects from the Museum’s collection.

Join Larry Elliott, Economics Editor at The Guardian, Mark Field, MP for the Cities of London and Westminster and author of Between the Crashes, British Museum Curator Thomas Hockenhull, and financial historian Anne L Murphy to explore tales of financial crisis told by objects from the Museum’s collection, from the South Sea Bubble to the economic turbulence of the early 19th century.

Irresponsible speculation, lack of regulation and the role of the Bank of England lie at the heart of these stories, and the same issues remain fundamental to our present financial difficulties. The panel considers whether proposed solutions to previous crises bear any relevance to today, and whether it is possible for the banking and finance sector to learn lessons from history.

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