The Bank Managers Project 1851-1911

The 2014 mini project was on Bank Managers. Why Bank Managers? Well I put forward the suggestion to the FACHRS Committee because I hoped this would provide another interesting set of people to research and some fascinating avenues to get side tracked down as indeed has proved the case.

Those taking part once again rose to the challenge of researching the Bank Manager allocated to them from the 1881 census by answering the list of questions concerning the social status, migration, employment history and connections within their community of the individual. If people wished they could also research the Banks that the managers were employed by and what happened to them. This led researchers to the archives held on line by the big Banks (which had swallowed up the local Banks that many of the pre 1900 Bank Managers had worked for). RBS, Lloyds TSB, Nat West and HSBC all have very good on line archives and are well worth looking at. Bank buildings are also very obvious within towns and cities and in many instances in the past the Bank Manager lived on the premises this was another topic that was open to research and some people did indeed follow this up.

There have been a number of very interesting Bank Manager related articles in the FACHRS July and October 2014 Newsletters and I understand more will be coming in the 2015 issues.

I am at the moment inputting the information from each completed research sheet to the Bank Manager database. I will be producing an article for the FACHRS Newsletter (I hope for the June issue).

The completed research sheets (and narratives) are in pdf format and are available in the Bank Manager mini project section within the Members Pages for any member wishing to read about or to continue researching this fascinating topic.

Brita Wood Bank Managers 1851-1911 Project Co-ordinator April 2015