Exhibition: Sir Thomas Gresham (1519-1579): Tudor, Trader, Shipper, Spy

This exhibition runs from Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 to Fri, 13th Sep 2019. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

This exhibition has finished.

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge

Sir Thomas Gresham is one of the most over-looked sixteenth-century merchants and financiers.

Gresham served four Tudor monarchs, managed to keep his head, and all the while made money. When he died, he was widely reputed to be the wealthiest man in Europe.

He brought the idea of a ‘bourse’ to England from Antwerp, the Royal Exchange, as well as the ‘shopping mall’. He engaged in fractional reserve gold-smithing, and his understanding of money is encapsulated in Gresham’s Law, “Good money drives out bad”.

His Will of 1575 established his most enduring legacy, Gresham College.

This exhibition will celebrate the quincentenary of his birth, and coincides with the release of a major new biography by Tudor historian Dr John Guy.

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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


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