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Bank of England Information Centre, Archive and Museum

by on July 7, 2017

Bank of England Information Centre, Archive and Museum

The Bank of England Information Centre joined MLAG in summer 2016.  This is a brief outline of the Bank’s Information Centre, Archive and Museum.  The Information Centre provides a corporate information service including access to books, journals and online resources for the staff working at the Bank. An enquiry desk service is open weekdays from 9:00 to 17:30, and the Centre remains open for staff to use at any time.  Apart from the printed collections and the enquiry service, it is valued as a quiet place to work, with a range of PCs available.

The hard copy collection consists of approximately 30,000 items, including 2000 in the special collection.  The special collection includes books published from the 17th century onwards on a range of Bank and finance related subjects, for example a series of tracts published in the 17th and 18th centuries including A short history of the Bank of England by Michael Godfrey, a Bank Director, published 1695, and A short view of the apparent dangers and mischiefs from the Bank of England published in 1707.

At the moment the catalogue descriptions of the special collection are not externally available but we are considering ways of doing this.  We have been tweeting about the collection from time to time to coincide with anniversaries or events that relate to items in the collection.  We also plan to digitise a few items from the special collection and make them available on the Bank’s website.

In addition to the published works available in the Information Centre collection, there is also an Archive at the Bank of England.   The 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 catalogue is available on the Bank’s website here.  Enquiries about access to the Archive can be sent to

The Bank of England Museum is open to the public, free of charge, on weekdays from 10:00 to 17:00.  Round the corner from the Bank’s Threadneedle Street entrance, in Bartholomew Lane, the Museum explains the Bank’s history and its work today at the centre of the economy. A variety of free talks and presentations are on offer to groups of between 15 and 50 (booking essential).  There is an annual temporary exhibition – this year’s will tie in with the launch of the Jane Austen £10 note in July and will be about the Bank’s literary connections. It will include material from the Information Centre and Archive collections:

For more information about the Bank’s Museum see the website here.

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