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Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Gresham's Exchange

Professor Stephen Alford

‘Go to the Exchange, crave gold as you intend.’' (William Haughton, Englishmen for My Money, 1598). Sir Thomas Gresham's first great contribution to the life of London was the Royal Exchange, the purpose-built merchants' bourse which opened in 1567. 

Why did Gresham finance and build it? What did Londoners (and others) do there? And what does the Exchange tell us about Gresham's ambitions both for himself and for London?

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Stephen Alford is a British historian and academic. He has been Professor of Early Modern British history at the University of Leeds since 2012.

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