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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

News archive for 2019

EABH Archival Workshop: Minting History, The Rothschild Archive London, 29 October 2019

The eabh in co-operation with The Rothschild Archive London invites delegates to attend the Archival Workshop Minting History: Financial History at Face Value, 29 October 2019, The Rothschild Archive, London.

This  workshop is aimed at minting and financial institutions’ archivists, money museum curators and researchers. The extensive archives of mints are a treasure-trove of information often covering extended periods of time. Yet some of these archival treasures are only accessible to a handful of specialists or remain largely unknown to researchers and the public. This workshop aims to present these materials to a wider audience and make them more accessible to interested researchers and scholars.

Posted on the 5th August 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for August 2019

As Rothschild & Co. welcomes its summer interns and global graduates for 2019, we look back seventy years to a time when a young Mr Edmund de Rothschild, recently de-mobilised, spent time at banks in America learning the business of banking.

Posted on the 1st August 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for July 2019

As we enter the Summer party season we look back to one of the most spectacular social events held in Victorian Britain - the famous Devonshire House Ball of 1897, an elaborate costumed pageant hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Posted on the 1st July 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for June 2019

On 7 June, 1904, the Directors of the Fondation Rothschild held their first meeting in Paris. The formal establishment of the Fondation Rothschild in July 1904 was the continuation of generations of the French Rothschild family’s commitment to social welfare, and the beginning of an ambitious programme to provide the workers of Paris with high-quality affordable homes. Read more about this innovative and ambitious scheme.

Posted on the 1st June 2019  | Read more…

EABH Workshop: The Dynamics of Inclusive Finance, 20-21 March 2020: Call for Papers

The eabh is calling for papers for the Workshop The Dynamics of Inclusive Finance, 20-21 March 2020, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

Posted on the 17th May 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for May 2019

This month, the Manchester Ship Canal, one of greatest infrastructure projects of the Victorian age, celebrates its 125th anniversary. The London house of Rothschild was one of main backers of the project, a legacy of support for ground-breaking innovation which continues today.

Posted on the 30th April 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for April 2019

This month, continuing our delve into the archives of the Exbury Rothschilds, we look back 80 years to the golden age of opulent travel, with the Inaugural Coasting Cruise in May 1936 of the Queen Mary, one of the greatest passenger liners of the twentieth century.

Posted on the 1st April 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for March 2019

For the Spring season, we look back to one of the enduring passions of the Rothschild family – horticulture and the creation of beautiful and inspiring gardens. On the 23 March 2019, Exbury Gardens in Hampshire opens for the season. Exbury, famed throughout the world for its rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias (and between the Wars, its orchids) is a stunning sight from March to August. This year the displays will be extra special as Exbury marks its centenary in 2019.

This month we explore the history of the world-famous gardens created by Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942), “a banker by hobby – and a gardener by profession".

Posted on the 1st March 2019  | Read more…

EABH Archival Workshop: Minting History, St Petersburg, 21 June 2019: Call for Papers

The eabh is calling for papers for the Archival Workshop Minting History: Financial History at Face Value, 21 June 2019, Bank of Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia.

This  workshop is aimed at minting and financial institutions’ archivists, money museum curators and researchers. The extensive archives of mints are a treasure-trove of information often covering extended periods of time. Yet some of these archival treasures are only accessible to a handful of specialists or remain largely unknown to researchers and the public. This workshop aims to present these materials to a wider audience and make them more accessible to interested researchers and scholars.

Posted on the 21st February 2019  | Read more…

EABH Conference: The Development of Financial Markets, St Petersburg, 20 June 2019: Call for Papers

The eabh is calling for papers for the conference The Development of Financial Markets, 20 June 2019, Bank of Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The conference adopts a longue durée approach to the historical study of the design of financial systems and their related institutions. The deadline for abstracts submission is 11 March 2019.

Posted on the 20th February 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for February 2019

In today’s fast-moving business environment, rapid access to accurate intelligence is critical. Protecting our information assets is a key responsibility of us all. But protection of information is not just a 21st century phenomenon. This month we look back to how the Rothschild business has historically employed methods to keep data safe and secure.

Posted on the 1st February 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for January 2019

This month we look at a fine example of a delicate photograph by Anselm von Rothschild (1844-1911). a gifted photographer and leading member of the Viennese Camera Club.

Posted on the 1st January 2019  | Read more…