Montagu Norman and the transformation of the Bank

Chris Swinson This post contributes to our occasional series of guest posts by external researchers who have used the Bank of England’s archives for their work on subjects outside traditional central banking topics. In 1944, the Bank of England’s historian, John Clapham, looked back at the ways in which the Bank had changed since 1914 … Continue reading Montagu Norman and the transformation of the Bank

Battle of the exchange funds

Max Harris This post contributes to our occasional series of guest posts by external researchers who have used the Bank of England’s archives for their work on subjects outside traditional central banking topics. When Britain created the Exchange Equalisation Account (EEA) in 1932, its designers had little sense of the controversy that would ensue. The … Continue reading Battle of the exchange funds

When should policymakers reach for the history books? Some examples from the 20th century

Catherine R. Schenk The Bank of England co-organised a ‘History and Policy Making Conference‘ in late 2020. This guest post by Catherine Schenk, Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford, is based on material included in her conference presentation. Since the Great Financial Crisis started in 2007 there has been renewed … Continue reading When should policymakers reach for the history books? Some examples from the 20th century

TEMPEST: a storm in a teacup?

Ashley Sweetman This guest post is the second of an occasional series of guest posts by external researchers who have used the Bank of England’s archives for their work on subjects outside traditional central banking topics.   What can the Bank of England Archive tell us about cyber security? The answer is almost certainly more … Continue reading TEMPEST: a storm in a teacup?

Jane Austen’s income: insights from the Bank of England archives

John Avery Jones This guest post is the first of an occasional series of guest posts by external researchers who have used the Bank of England’s archives for their work on subjects outside traditional central banking topics. How much did Jane Austen earn from her writing in her lifetime? The answer helps us gauge her … Continue reading Jane Austen’s income: insights from the Bank of England archives

Thrive or dive: can our economy weather the climate crisis?

Marco Minasi-Smith, Fortismere School, London Marco Minasi-Smith, from Fortismere School, London, is the runner-up of the third Bank of England/Financial Times schools blog competition. The competition invited students across the UK to write a post on the theme: the economy and climate change. While Australia mourns the human and ecological cost of its ‘black summer’ … Continue reading Thrive or dive: can our economy weather the climate crisis?

Handel and the Bank of England

Ellen T. Harris This guest post is the third of an occasional series of guest posts by external researchers who have used the Bank of England’s archives for their work on subjects outside traditional central banking topics. George Frideric Handel was a master musician — an internationally renowned composer, virtuoso performer, and music director of … Continue reading Handel and the Bank of England

Currency will be no longer determined by those in power

Estelle McCool Estelle McCool, from King’s College London Maths School, is the winner of the second Bank of England/Financial Times schools blog competition. The competition invited students across the UK to address the question “What is the future of money?” Our world today is dominated by globalisation. We’ve been trading globally since before the Vikings … Continue reading Currency will be no longer determined by those in power