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About us

Our history

Barclays has more than 325 years of history from our beginnings in Lombard Street

Barclays was built over centuries. Our longevity is an extraordinary achievement, especially against the backdrop of multiple financial crises, international conflicts, and the agricultural, industrial and now technological revolutions.

This story is best told through our rich archive of photographs, ledgers, letters, minute books, equipment and a range of, in some cases unexpected, curiosities housed in the Barclays Group Archives in Manchester, UK. The material in these archives is unique, irreplaceable and priceless. They don’t just tell the story of Barclays’ businesses around the world, they also communicate the strength and depth of the Values that have underpinned Barclays from the very beginning.

And it’s not just the story of a bank – it is the story of the communities that we serve, as well as our colleagues, our buildings, and our products. The archives allow us to share those stories.

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