A wide-ranging collection of books and documents, both handwritten and printed, dating from the inception of the Bank in 1694 to the present. Subjects are many and varied and include personalities, premises and suggestions to make banknotes "inimitable".
Letter dated March 1956 from HM Treasury informing the Bank that the Queen has given permission for her portrait to be used on banknotes.
Not surprisingly, the vast majority of the Bank's books and documents are records concerned with banking transactions. There are also some which chronicle the careers of the institution's staff. The collection of books and documents consists almost exclusively of paper-based, as opposed to vellum-based, records.
The Bank also has a very extensive archive which covers every aspect of its administration, dating from its foundation in 1694 to the present.