TBAL celebrates foundation of Barings

On the evening of Monday 7th January 2013 The Baring Archive held a symposium and reception to mark 250 years since the establishment of John and Francis Baring & Co on Christmas Day 1762.

Gerald Walker, CEO of ING Commercial Banking, UK Region opened the proceedings by welcoming a wide variety of guests including past employees of Barings, historians, archivists and friends of the archive, as well as members of the Baring family.

The symposium was chaired by Professor Martin Daunton FBA, Master of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and a Trustee of The Baring Archive.

Professor Youssef Cassis, Professor of Economic History at the European University Institute and author of Crises and Opportunities: The Shaping of Modern Finance kindly gave a talk setting Barings in its historical context. To read a copy of the talk by Professor Cassis please click here.

Dr John Orbell, Trustee of The Baring Archive and former archivist of Barings then spoke on Barings's history and the archives. To read a copy of John Orbell's talk please click here.

The evening also provided an opportunity to celebrate the recent completion of An Oral History of Barings, which captures the life stories of some of those who worked at Barings. Sir Nicholas Goodison, Chairman of National Life Stories, introduced the project, developed in partnership with National Life Stories at the British Library Sound Archive. Dr Katharine Haydon, Project Interviewer, then shared her insights and some extracts from this wonderful addition to the archive collections, which includes experiences from the late 1940s through to Barings' acquisition by ING in 1995 and beyond. The interviews are now accessible at The British Library. Search for collection reference number C1367 in the British Library's Sound and Moving Image Catalogue.

Nicholas Baring, Chairman of Trustees of The Baring Archive closed the formal part of the evening, which was followed by a drinks reception. Guests were able to view an exhibition charting Barings' history and also listened to extracts from the oral history via an antique telephone. Copies of a publication celebrating the oral history were also made available. If you would like to receive a copy of In the Locker of My Memory: Extracts from An Oral History of Barings please contact us with your postal address.

Posted on Friday, 18th January 2013

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