Design students have something to bank on

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Pupils at Eastwood High enjoyed a talk by a very special guest – the chief cashier of the Bank of England, whose signature is on all the banknotes in the country.

Victoria Cleland was at the school to give S3 pupils some insight into the design and manufacture of banknotes.

Ms Cleland’s signature has appeared on £10, £20 and £50 Bank of England notes since March this year.

She spoke to pupils studying graphic communication and design and manufacture.

The talk focused on the design and production processes of manufacturing banknotes, as well as the constraints and security elements of creating them.

Headteacher Stuart Maxwell said: “It was a very interesting and successful visit and it was an honour to be chosen to host the talk.”

Her visit coincided with the campaign for the public to take part in a consultation relating to who should appear on the next £20 note.

Bank of England opened a two-month nomination period in which members of the public can suggest who they would like to feature on the next £20 banknote.

The next £20 banknote will celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts and the Bank is seeking nominations for a deceased character that best represents the arts.

A spokesman said: “The decision will be based on the strength of the contribution of the nominees, not on the number of times they were nominated, so please do not send multiple nominations for the same character but people can nominate more than one individual.​ ​For more details who may be eligible, go to bankofengland.co.uk.