Learn about life at the Bank of England during the Second World War.
During the Second World War, many of the Bank’s departments were evacuated to Hampshire where offices were built, blood transfusion centres set-up, and local food produce grown. For staff that remained in the heart of London, they had to practice life-saving processes such as Air Raid Precautions (ARP).

Unpublished war histories

Staff member John Osborne was working in the Chief Cashier’s Office and as part-time personal secretary to Governor Montagu Norman when he was asked to write a history of the Bank’s activities during the Great War. Read these histories at the links below. 

This page was last updated 17 February 2023