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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

Archival Workshop

Photography Collections

of (Financial) Companies. Part II

10 Jun 2021

Athens , Greece

eabh in cooperation with National Bank of Greece

This workshop wants to put the spotlight on the photography collections of not exclusively, but mainly financial companies.

Photography collections of corporations are often broad and extensive but very little explored for marketing, research and digital access. This archival workshop aims to discover the contents, importance and use of corporate photography collections of (financial) organisations: Where are these often-extensive collections? How are they used? Which is their use and marketing value for institutors themselves? Which is their value for research beyond financial history (social, political history, etc.)? How can they be made available to a wider audience of scholars and the public eye?


Your Archive is an Asset!

Using your heritage as a corporate strategic asset

24 Mar 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

eabh in conversation (on zoom) with Anders Sjöman (Centre for Business History in Stockholm)

Every organization has a history that is unique to itself. When put to proper use, it becomes a strategic asset that companies can leverage for future growth.

This is one of the main arguments that the Centre for Business History Stockholm often uses, when convincing companies that they should keep their historic materials in a professional archive – and also set aside budgets for it.

Anders Sjöman, Head of Communication at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm, will explain how the centre works and share some case examples.

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Development Banks

History, Role, Impact

23 Feb 2021


eabh in conversation (on zoom) with Aldo Musacchio (Brandeis International Business School) and  Daniel Díaz (Universidad de Cantabria)

in cooperation with IBF and Leibniz Institute SAFE

discussants: Carmen Hofmann (eabh) and  Reinhard H. Schmidt (Goethe University Frankfurt)


How well do States’ Banks do?

Development banks are seen as an important tool to solve market imperfections, alleviate capital scarcity and fund long term infrastructure projects. At the same time they are often criticised for supporting politically well connected industrialists and political regimes.

Despite this controversy and the relevance of these state banks in many countries, empirically studies are rare. Aldo, Daniel and their  colleagues set out to fill this gap and will, for the first time, share their research findings with a wider international audience.

They take a comparative look and discuss distinct market failures, how they were addressed by state owned banks and how they map into different policy tools that have been used by the banks.

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Coping with Disasters

200 years of international official lending

4 Feb 2021

Kiel, Germany

eabh in conversation (on zoom) with Christoph Trebesch (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

based on a joint paper by Sebastian Horn, Carmen M. Reinhart and Christoph Trebesch 

The scale of official (bilateral and multilateral) lending is hugely relevant, yet has received little academic attention –  so far.  Now, Christoph Trebesch and his co-authors collected data on state-directed lending by 134 creditor countries and 50 international and regional financial organisations for 200 years. Using this database they document the characteristics of official capital flows, link them to the occurrence of disasters (wars, financial crises and natural catastrophes), and study their determinants. Official international lending is much larger than previously known.

Join our web talk with Christoph to learn about their main findings and why these historical insights can be of particular relevance for those working on post covid recovery initiatives.

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Spread your words!

Company magazines as a communication & trust building tool

17 Dec 2020

Warsaw, Poland

Together with the expert team of the National Bank of Poland education and publishing department we will hold a workshop about successful in-house publishing: ingredients, challenges and opportunities.

Presenters: Stanislaw Gorący and Anna Brzyska; Narodowy Bank Polski (Warsaw, Poland)

’Bankoteka’ is a quarterly magazine issued by the National Band of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski, NBP) Money Centre – the bank’s visitors’ centre and education facility. This magazine provides insightful, high quality, well-illustrated and inspiring articles related to the Centre’s core activities: the history of finance, numismatics, the economy and financial education.

It is designed for all visitors as well as other enthusiasts of those topics. “Bankoteka” is widely distributed amongst visitors of the centre and financial history enthusiasts all over Poland. Four editions per year are circulated as a digitally and printed (min 6.000!)

During this online workshop Stanislaw, the editor of the magazine, and Anna, one of the main content contributors, will share their experience on how to create a well-designed educational magazine for communicating the Bank’s topics to a wide audience.


  1. Brief history of ‘Bankoteka’: How it all began
  2. Quick look at statistics: number of issues, articles, authors and other insights
  3. Production process
  1. Distribution
  2. Feedback from the audience
  3. Dos and don’ts: Hints from the editor
  4. Ideas for the future


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Price Currents, Financial Information and Market Transparency

Web Seminar Programme

27 Nov 2020

Jointly organized by EURHISFIRM and NEHA, this workshop focuses on price currents and other types of public and private price information. What do such publications tell us about the markets they served, the stocks listed, the terms and conditions of trade, and the individual market’s degree of transparency? What do differences across Europe tell us about the character of national markets?

The workshop is intended as a preparation for a full session on these issues at the World Economic History Conference in Paris, 2021.

All meetings will take place via Zoom. Colleagues wishing to attend should send an email to Joost Jonker,, so as to be given the access codes and password for each meeting. 

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Finance & Photography

12 Jun 2020

eabh in cooperation with Europeana and Banco de España


In this webinar, Adrian Murphy (Europeana) talked about how organisations can unlock the full potential of their photography collections. His presentation focused on different ways to engage European audiences and digitised cultural heritage through online editorials, sessions, and interactive campaigns.  He focused on the Europeana exposition ‘Migration’ which had begun in 2018.

The lecture was concluded with a case study of Banco de España’s photography collection, presented by Patricia Alonso and Elena Serrano.


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Zoom Webinar

23 Mar 2020

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

In order to mark the day of the postponed GDPR & Historical Archives Workshop, we would like to invite you to a zoom web lecture.

Join GDPR specialist Arye Schreiber (MyEDPO) during an interactive session on:

Please contact  for details and registration.

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Archival Workshop

Minting History

Financial history at face value

29 Oct 2019

London , United Kingdom

eabh in co-operation with The Rothschild Archive

This  workshop is aimed at minting and financial institutions’ archivists, money museum curators and researchers. The extensive archives of mints are a treasure-trove of information often covering extended periods of time. Yet some of these archival treasures are only accessible to a handful of specialists or remain largely unknown to researchers and the public. This workshop aims to present these materials to a wider audience and make them more accessible to interested researchers and scholars.

Since antiquity, apart from serving as means of payment and store of value, coins also served politically and culturally important functions, representing sovereignty and fashioning identities. Private or public mints, acting in tune with economic development and financial innovation, created coinage that itself is a valuable source of social, political and cultural history.

What is the legacy of these mints’ records? What is their relevance today? Can the use of these records raise public awareness of their relevance for the history of money and finance?What is their research potential? Can they contribute to a wider view on the history of money and payment systems?

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lunch hour

Can Finance Save the Planet?

Climate change and its implications for investors and policy makers

6 May 2019

Frankfurt , Germany

A global youth movement has coalesced in relation to the political lethargy towards climate change. Their force can no longer be ignored by global politics. Yet, what about other actors concerned? How for example does the financial sector influence the climate? Or controversy, how will ongoing environmental changes and political responses affect our money and investments? 

In this talk we would like to take the opportunity to discuss a long-term view on the topic with two pioneering experts in the field.  Amongst others the following questions will be addressed:

What is the rationale for sustainable or ESG (Environmental, Social and Government Investment)?
Do these investments enhance risk-adjusted returns? 
Which is a best practice approach and has ESG investing changed over time?
What are the initiatives of the European Union to promote sustainable finance? Are they going in the right direction? Which are the current political headwinds?
How has central banks’ thinking about climate change developed over time? Which are their current streams of work regarding the topic? 
What are the risks to financial stability emanating from climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy?
How and to what extend does climate change have an impact on the conduct of monetary policy? Or conversely, does monetary policy affect the climate?
Finally, will the financial sector be able to go beyond the role of dealing with the risks and consequences of climate change and be part of a solution? 

All participants are kindly invited to join us and the experts for a free networking lunch following the discussion.

Please register in advance to avoid disappointment.

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