Exhibition: Currency in crisis - German emergency money 1914-1924

This exhibition runs from Thu, 3rd Oct 2019 to Sun, 29th Mar 2020. See all dates

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

Tue,
12th Nov 2019  
(10am - 5:30pm)
Wed,
13th Nov 2019  
(10am - 5:30pm)
Thu,
14th Nov 2019  
(10am - 5:30pm)
Fri,
15th Nov 2019  
(10am - 8:30pm)
Sat,
16th Nov 2019  
(10am - 5:30pm)
Sun,
17th Nov 2019  
(10am - 5:30pm)
Mon,
18th Nov 2019  
(10am - 5:30pm)

Cost: Free of Charge


Notgeld, or ‘emergency money’, from the early Weimar Republic, is a powerful illustration of the turbulent years during and after the First World War in Germany.

This exhibition reveals how this temporary currency responded to a national crisis with distinctive designs commenting on German society and politics. These range from the Turnip Notgeld lamenting the disastrous food shortage of 1917, to richly illustrated designs featuring regional landmarks and folk narratives, intended to buoy a population hungry for reassurance.

In its short lifespan, Notgeld’s purpose and design changed dramatically. It was introduced as a substitute currency during a coin shortage in First World War, with patriotic and sometimes subversive messages. Popular with German people, it became highly collectible and then, during the hyperinflation of 1923, regained its role as an alternative currency. In the chaotic early years of the Weimar Republic (1919–1933), designs often depicted idealised views of German history and culture as well as exciting travel advertisements, appealing to a people longing to shake off the bitter war years.

Intrinsically bound to German identity and the upheaval that followed the First World War, Notgeld is a fascinating microcosm of public feeling in post-war Germany.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

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


Location

The British Museum,

Great Russell Street, London,
WC1B 3DG

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