Edinburgh Science Festival

Pounds and Pence: The Science in Your Pocket

FREE Easter Holiday Activities

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As part of Edinburgh Science Festival, we’re putting money ‘under the microscope’.

Two exciting workshops will reveal some of the extraordinary secrets buried in our pockets.

  • Discover the materials and methods used to make our money.
  • Use magnifiers, money-checkers and scanners to explore the features of our currency.
  • Learn how to detect counterfeit coins and banknotes.
  • Handle rarely seen specimens from Bank of Scotland and the Royal Mint.

Suitable for age: 8 - adult

Duration: 50 minutes


Tuesday 12th April – Friday 15th April; Tuesday 19th April – Friday 22nd April

Coins Workshop: 10am, 11am, 12pm

Banknotes Workshop: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Additonal Relaxed Session on Monday 11th April

Coins Workshop: 10am

Banknotes Workshop: 11am

Our Science Festival Visual Story has been created to help you prepare for taking part in our relaxed workshops on April 11th.


The workshops are FREE but should be booked through the Edinburgh Science Festival website:

Coins Workshop: Pounds and Pence – The Science in Your Pocket: Coins - Edinburgh Science (sciencefestival.co.uk)

Banknotes Workshop: Pounds and Pence – The Science in Your Pocket: Banknotes - Edinburgh Science (sciencefestival.co.uk)

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