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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

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2: The origins of British Gas

British Gas can trace its origins back to 1812, when The Gas Light and Coke Company was the first public utility company in the world. It continued to thrive for the next 136 years, absorbing many smaller local gas companies. In 1948, the Labour administration of Clement Attlee nationalised gas production and distribution, creating 12 regional Gas Boards. The British Gas Corporation was created in 1972. The second Conservative Government of Margaret Thatcher introduced the Gas Act in 1986 which led to the privatisation of the company, and created Ofgas to protect customer needs.

Receipts for gas supplied to Baron Lionel de Rothschild’s London house in Piccadilly in 1879

Receipts for gas supplied to Baron Lionel de Rothschild’s London house in Piccadilly in 1879