Bank of England – Who should be on the next £20?

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Source: Bank of England

News Release 19 May 2015: Launch of public nominations period for the next £20 banknote

At an event at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London today, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, announced that the next £20 note will celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts and he launched a public nomination period to seek people’s views as to who should be recognised on the next £20 note.

Members of the public will have two months to nominate people of historic significance from the visual arts including artists, sculptors, printmakers, designers, craftspeople, ceramicists, architects, fashion designers, photographers and filmmakers – whose work shaped British thought, innovation, leadership, values and society. The public can nominate characters from within the field of visual arts on the Bank’s website.

Following the two month nominations period, the full Committee, with input from public focus groups, will draw up a shortlist of characters from which the Governor will make the final choice. The selected character will be announced during spring 2016. The new £20 note will be introduced into circulation in 3-5 years.

The public nomination programme is the first to be held under the Bank’s new character selection process which was put in place to ensure that the choice of characters for the Bank’s notes commanded broad respect and legitimacy.

Characters already announced for future notes:

gbp5f Sir Winston Churchill to feature on the next £5 banknote

gbp10f Jane Austen to feature on the next £10 banknote

Characters featured on current notes:

£5 – Elizabeth Fry

£10 – Charles Darwin

£20 – Adam Smith

£50 – Matthew Boulton and James Watt

The deadline for nominations for the next £20 banknote is 19 July 2015.