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The Webpage for Edwin Green, Archivist and Historian

Edwin Green 1985 by Chris White


2017    Edwin Green, Calling London: Travels by British Bankers, 1904–63, Worldwide reports in the archives of the Midland Bank (Threadgold Press)

2008    Edwin Green & Monika Pohle Fraser (eds), The Human Factor in Banking History: Entrepreneurship, Organization, Management and Personnel (Alpha Bank)

2006    Edwin Green & Francesca Pino (eds), Banking and Financial Archives: Priorities for the Future (Ashgate)

2004    Edwin Green, John Lampe & Franjo Štiblar (eds), Crisis and Renewal in Twentieth Century Banking: Exploring the History and Archives of Banking at Times of Political and Social Stress (Ashgate)

2004    Sara Kinsey & Edwin Green, The Good Companions:

            The Wives and Families in the History of the HSBC Group

            (privately printed, nfs)

1999    Edwin Green & Sara Kinsey, The Paradise Bank: The Mercantile Bank of India, 1893-1984 (Ashgate)

1989    Edwin Green, Banking: An Illustrated History (Phaidon)

1986    A R Holmes & Edwin Green, Midland: 150 Years of Banking Business (Batsford)

1982    Edwin Green & Michael Moss, A Business of  National Importance: The Royal Mail Shipping Group, 1902–1937 (Methuen)

1979    Edwin Green, The Making of a Modern Banking Group: A History of the Midland Bank since 1900 (St Martin’s Press)

1979    Edwin Green, Debtors to their Profession: A History of the Institute of Bankers, 1879–1979 (Methuen)

1976    H A L Cockerell & Edwin Green, The British Insurance Business, 1547–1970: An Introduction and Guide to Historical Records in the United Kingdom (Heinemann Educational: 2nd edition, Sheffield Academic Press, 1994)


Calling London: Travels by British Bankers,1904–63,

Worldwide reports in the archives of the Midland Bank

Edwin Green

Threadgold Press  12.6.17

There is hardly a happening in the world that does not have its repercussions, immediately or eventually, on Overseas Branch. Midland Venture, 1933

From 1904 to the 1960s managers of the Midland Bank in London travelled the world to visit centres of finance and industry and then report back. They often arrived, by chance or intention, at crucial moments in history – Russia in 1909, Austria in 1931, France in 1944, Chile and Japan 1948 and Germany in 1933; for example:

Dr. Fischer was careful to explain to me, quite irrelevantly, that Hitler was a most peaceable and peace-loving man to whom war-like intentions were entirely foreign… W.F. Crick, Berlin, 1933

In a scholarly, informative and fascinating account, Edwin Green sets this rich resource in historical context. While Calling London throws light on local conditions in some serious times, it also includes delightful insights into how British Bankers were seen abroad:

      Mr. Holden is no dreamer. The way he hands out a cigar is suggestive of the rapier.

     Toronto News, 23 September 1904

Edwin Green was appointed as the Midland Bank's first archivist in 1974. From 1993 until his retirement in 2007 he was group Archivist at HSBC in London, where the records of the Midland's Overseas Branch are located.