The European Association for Banking History e.V. was founded in November 1990 as a forum for research into banking history. Within a short time it had developed into an internationally recognised organisation, highly respected for its work in the field of banking history and archives. In recognition of its contribution to promoting banking history, the Association was awarded the European Culture Prize in 2001.
In more recent times, the EABH has broadened its scope of activities in order to fully incorporate financial history. In reflection of this objective, the name of the Association was officially changed on 28th May 2004 to the European Association for Banking & Financial History e.V., while the well established acronym and logo will remain. This was a necessary yet very much welcomed response to the modern business environment, which has fostered the development of hybrid corporations offering a complete portfolio of traditionally distinct financial services.
The EABH extended its objectives accordingly, aiming to promote dialogue between European bankers and financiers, academics and archivists, and providing a network for the exchange of ideas and experiences within the interrelated fields of banking and financial history.
More than 80 banks from 28 European countries are members of the EABH, and, in line with the Association’s recent development, financial institutions are now a welcome addition to its members. The EABH is a non-profit organisation and relies on the support of its members. Advantages of being a member of the EABH include complimentary copies of publications focusing on banking and financial history, free participation in workshops, and access to our academic and archival resources.
Using history to draw practical conclusions
Banking and financial history plays an integral role within the wider cultural and economic history of Europe, and allows corporations to reflect upon their past and maintain a deeper sense of corporate culture.
Exchange of information
on issues and problems of institutional archives, bank museums and art collection departments.
The EABH organises focused workshops. As an interactive tool for promoting discussion, workshops naturally create new perceptions and solutions towards challenges relevant to today’s banking and financial strategies.
Following the Archive Series of workshops, the Code of European Best Practice for archivists was devised, highlighting the most successful principles for establishing or upgrading an in-house archive.
The Code is a ten-point summary of the most successful practices already adopted by major European banks. It highlights basic considerations and principles, which are extremely useful in establishing or upgrading an in-house archive service. Click here for more information on the Code of European Best Practice.
on establishment and management of archives with increased public access. Click here for more information on our Consultation Services.
Use of research
findings for practical application in banks and financial establishments.
Events organised by the EABH include international conferences and symposia, focusing on areas of historical research that have important practical implications for modern day banking and finance.
of academic research into banking and financial history through its renowned publications.
is for many members, one of the EABH’s most valuable roles is that of acting as a broker in three different ways:
- European network: Workshops facilitate contact for bankers, archivists, researchers, research departments’ representatives, museums directors, and cultural activities representatives at an international level, promote the exchange of news and information and thereby leading to the development of common strategies as well as to the resolution of shared problems.
- Interdisciplinary network: Conferences enable interaction between bankers and academics, thus offering both groups the chance to benefit and learn from each other’s expertise.
- Internal institutional network: The participation of bankers from all different levels at our conferences creates the opportunity for liaison between archivists, researchers, museum directors and members of the top management of the same institution. This is a critical step towards the upgrading and promotion of those specific departments within the institution.