“The addition of this full set of Hoe Street Central Bank notes is an important acquisition for Vestry House Museum, the local history museum for Waltham Forest. This artist led response to the pressing issue of debt not only reflects the spirit of creativity that defines this Borough, but also continues a rich history of social activism that Walthamstow’s most famous resident William Morris would have supported. It is especially pertinent that the issue of debt is reflected in the collection of Vestry House Museum, which was once a 17th century workhouse, housing men, women and children who found themselves destitute- often due to debt. The HSCB project is a reminder to all of us that financial debt continues to blight many lives and a call to arms to do something about it.”

Rowan Bain, Senior Curator of Vestry House Museum and William Morris Gallery.

Daniel Edelstyn