Visit: Bank Of England Archive

Visit: Bank Of England Archive
20200225T1100Z 20200225T1300Z
Tue 25 Feb 2020
2 hours

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The Bank of England Archive contains over 94,000 records relating to all aspects of the Bank’s history and work, dating from when the Bank was founded in 1694 to the present day. The Archive operates a busy search-room that the public can visit by appointment. In 2018, the Archive received more than 450 enquiries and over 650 visits.

Documents in the Archive include minutes of governing committees, files on policymaking, architectural plans and drawings, and an extensive photograph collection. The Archive also holds a large number of staff records which includes staff lists, salary ledgers, and records containing details of staff applying to serve in the Bank. Some pension records also survive from as early as the 18th century.

In addition, genealogists also often find that the customer account and stock ledger collections are a valuable source for family history research. Dating from 1694, they contain indexes which allow researchers to trace individuals that were known to hold stock or an account at the Bank of England. The composer George Frederic Handel, painter JMW Turner, and novelist Charles Dickens have all been found in the records as customers of the Bank of England.

25/02/2020 11:00 - 13:00