The archives reflect the colourful and eventful history of HSBC – the core of annual reports, minute books and accounting ledgers is supplemented by a huge variety of material which records how our staff lived and worked, and the business environments in which our customers operated. The archives include letters, photographs, cartoons, films, advertising, banknotes, architectural drawings and interviews with staff – all of which can shed light on the social, economic and political history of those communities and countries where HSBC has done business.
The archives of HSBC are supervised globally by the Group Knowledge Management department and managed by different teams around the world. The team in London is responsible for the records of HSBC Holdings plc and also the historic records of HSBC Bank plc (formerly Midland Bank), HSBC Bank Middle East (formerly The British Bank of the Middle East) and the Mercantile Bank of India. The London team also has stewardship of the records of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation up to 1993.
The team in Hong Kong is responsible for the modern records of HSBC in the Asia-Pacific region and also for some historic records relating specifically to Hong Kong. The archives teams in France and the USA are responsible for the historic records of HSBC in those countries.
Archive contact details
The archives of HSBC are open to the public, by appointment, and are used by researchers for a huge variety of reasons including family history; business, economic and social history; architectural research; and background research for radio and television programmes.
The London archives are open Monday to Friday, by appointment only. To arrange an appointment, please complete the registration form below and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to the archives is governed by our 'conditions of access', which are available to view here. Researchers will be provided with a copy to sign on arrival on the day of their appointment.
Researcher registration form:
Conditions of access:
If you have an enquiry and would like to contact the Archives team in London, please get in touch at:
Telephone: +44(0) 20 7992 5812
HSBC Group Archives
HSBC Holdings plc
8 Canada Square
HSBC also has archive units in Hong Kong, France and the USA. Please contact them at:
Hong Kong: email@example.com
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