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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

Latest news from The Rothschild Archive

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…

Treasure of the Month for December 2019

In the Archive collection is a small red leather box, containing a collection of thirteen ‘Specimen coins 1902’ an uncirculated set of the coinage of the day, specially issued to mark the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. This month we take a look at the story behind the Coronation and solve a seasonal mystery.

Posted on the 1st December 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for November 2019

In 2019 the Evelina London Children’s Hospital celebrates its 150th anniversary. The hospital has been providing the highest standards of healthcare to children since its foundation by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1869, in memory of his late wife Evelina. Members of the Rothschild family continue to support innovation and excellence at ‘The Evelina’. This month we explore the history of the hospital. 

Posted on the 1st November 2019  | Read more…

EABH Archival Workshop: GDPR and Historical Archives, European Central Bank, 23 March 2020

The eabh in co-operation with the European Central Bank are calling for papers for their joint workshop, GDPR & Historical Archives, 23 March 2020, European Central Bank, Sonnemannstrasse 20, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Posted on the 2nd October 2019  | Read more…

*NEW* Bullion microsite: a research resource for the study of Rothschild and gold

To coincide with the centenary of the Gold Fixing in September 2019, The Rothschild Archive has created a new microsite dedicated to the history of Rothschild and Bullion. The site features pages on Gold Trading, Gold Mining, and Gold Refining (focusing on the activities of the Rothschild Royal Mint Refinery). The site includes a history of the Gold Fixing, and for the first time, a comprehensive list of the daily Gold Prices 1919-1968 is available to researchers.

Posted on the 2nd October 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for October 2019

Letters Patent of Denization for Nathan Mayer Rothschild, 1804: As citizens of the United Kingdom contemplate the realities of leaving the European Union, and European citizens living in the UK are invited to apply for settled status, this month we look back to the efforts of Nathan Mayer Rothschild to secure residency rights in England at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Posted on the 1st October 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for September 2019

Sometimes it is the smallest of objects that can have the greatest significance. In the collections of the Archive is a small, rather tired-looking Union Jack desk flag, about 25 cm high. This flag, originally one of a set of five, once played a crucial role in the business of one of earth’s most precious traded commodities – gold. September 2019 marks the centenary of the Gold Fixing, which for over 80 years took place at New Court, with the London firm of N M Rothschild & Sons at the heart of proceedings.

Posted on the 1st September 2019  | Read more…

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…