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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 2020

Treasure of the Month for April 2020

This month we explore a recent acquisition to the Archive collection, a small document that combines important Rothschild interests – a sound business proposition, the love of music, and ambitious creativity.

Posted on the 1st April 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for March 2020

For this month’s ‘Treasure’ we celebrate a document that was once a commonplace part of daily life for millions – the humble cheque, now consigned to history in today’s cashless automated payment systems. 

Posted on the 1st March 2020  | Read more…

EABH Workshop: Price Currents, Financial information and Market Transparency, 27 November 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The eabh is calling for papers for the Workshop Price Currents, Financial information and Market Transparency, 27 November 2020, EURHISFIRM and NEHA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Posted on the 25th February 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for February 2020

In 1977 the sale of a country house and its contents - Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire, England - divided the opinion of the nation.  The 7th Earl of Rosebery, faced with death duties, offered the former Rothschild house and its collection to the nation for £2 million; the offer was refused and the subsequent sale of the house and its collections became a cause célèbre in the heritage world.  One of the items was purchased for New Court, where it remains today, a tangible link to a vanished world. Find out more about this beautiful piece of furniture.

Posted on the 1st February 2020  | Read more…

EABH Conference, 11 June 2020, Athens, Greece

The European Association for Banking History (EABH) is pleased to invite submissions for its next conference: Finance and Migration

Posted on the 21st January 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for January 2020

One of the items recently rediscovered in the collections is a small wooden box, about 25 cm square, containing samples of precious metals. Its origins are unclear, but it may date from the days of the London bank’s early involvement with the mining and refining of Australian and Californian gold from the 1850s. Find out more about this intriguing artefact.

Posted on the 8th January 2020  | Read more…