The Bank of England’s Archive contains over 80,000 ledgers, files and individual records relating to all aspects of the history of the Bank and its work, dating from its foundation in 1694 to the present. The Archive supports the work of the Bank today, and provides facilities for researchers from all over the world.
The Bank's records are of prime importance to economic historians, but its holdings are of interest to social, local, and business historians, architectural specialists, biographers and genealogists.
In addition to long series of customer account and stock ledgers, the Bank's records include branch records, architectural plans and drawings, staff records, diaries and papers of members of staff, records from the Bank's solicitors which include case files on forgery and prisoners' correspondence, and modern files detailing changing policies, its day-to-day work and relationships with other central banks and governments.
Bank of England Archive Catalogue
The catalogue contains details of all the records which are open to researchers.
Newly opened records are added to the catalogue each year in January.
The Bank of England in the 21st Century
The Bank of England in the 21st Century brings together the Bank's major publications, key events, news releases and speeches from 2000 to present day.
Bank of England Photographic Collection
The Archive has collaborated with the Bank of England Museum on the Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England Exhibition.
View our new online album
on Flickr for a selection of treasures from the photographic collection, many of which will not be on display in the exhibition.
View historic images from the Bank of England on our Flickr channel