Matthew Boulton and James Watt new faces of 50 pound note





Matthew Boulton and James Watt, leading figures of the Industrial Revolution, are to be the new faces of the Bank of England's redesigned £50 banknotes.

Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, made the announcement on Friday evening when he opened a new exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: "Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires".

Boulton and Watt formed a successful partnership in the 18th century, eventually helping turn the steam engine into a commercial success.


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