European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) e.V.

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    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.


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