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How did organisations adapt to change in the 18th and 19th century: Lessons from the Bank of England Archives…

Industrialisation was not the only driver of change during the eighteenth century. Recent historiography has revealed more about the financial and organisational revolutions that helped to shape the British state and the country’s economic development. The Bank of England was … Continue reading

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A Page in the Life of Elizabeth Jeake: unfeigned love among mercantile matters

In the absence of her own writings and her virtual absence from the many pages of Samuel’s writings, Elizabeth’s life can only be reconstructed from the letters she left behind, both those she wrote and those she received. Click here … Continue reading

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Sharing skills: baking, curating, presenting and surviving a sharknado apocalypse!

Every year the University of Hertfordshire History department spend a weekend at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. Staff and students from our undergrad and postgrad communities attend and some of our alumni come too. And this year we were especially … Continue reading

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How to speculate according to the ‘merchant principle’

Price data for financial instruments and commodities was relatively easy to access during the eighteenth century. We know that price lists, such as Castaing’s Course of the Exchange, were regarded as valuable, that they were kept and that they were … Continue reading

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Hard working bankers helped create the tyranny of the clock

Are you working against the clock? Struggling to make that next deadline? Operating in an environment of presenteeism where time at your desk counts for more than your actual productivity? In a recent Radio 4 programme, Emma Griffin blamed industrialisation … Continue reading

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Taking action against inequality in academia

In the past couple of weeks I have been at two events celebrating and promoting the careers of women academics. For International Women’s Day (8 March) the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire had a series of talks highlighting women researching women’s issues, a networking lunch and a workshop where we discussed the […]

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Women were to blame for the South Sea Bubble (according to men)

So just how do you reduce the risk of crisis in financial markets? In the aftermath of the South Sea Bubble of 1720, contemporaries reached a firm but controversial conclusion: keep women out. Click here to read more:

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Christmas and New Year bonuses for eighteenth-century bankers

A report produced by the Bank of England over the year from March 1783 to March 1784 shows that gift-giving at Christmas and New Year was regularly observed by customers and the Bank also gave gifts to valued connections. Eighteenth-century … Continue reading

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What do we look for in a prize-winning EHS New Researcher Paper?

Don’t skip the Friday afternoon of the Economic History Society Conference, that’s when the New Researchers Sessions are scheduled and it’s often the most interesting part of the weekend. Adding to the excitement is the tension in the air because … Continue reading

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The Economic History Society Conference, 2016

Better late than never, here are my thoughts on the 2016 Economic History Society conference held at Robinson College Cambridge on the weekend of 1-3 April 2016. This was the best attended of the Society’s conferences to date with over … Continue reading

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