‘It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning’.  Henry Ford.

The Centre for Financial History was founded in 2008 and is based at Darwin College, Cambridge.  Our core mission is to facilitate cutting-edge research in financial history and to encourage its application to economic theory and to public policy.  The Centre serves the Cambridge community as one of the constituent centres of Cambridge Finance, and brings together financial historians at British and Irish institutions to work on collaborative ventures.

In Cambridge, we participate in the History Faculty’s Economic and Social History sub-group, where we offer two MPhil Option Papers on ‘Money, trade and politics: from the Gold Standard to the Euro crisis’ and ‘British currency and credit markets since the seventeenth century’.

Our Financial History Seminar Series meets in Lent and Easter terms and is open to the public. In Michaelmas we participate in the Core Seminar in the History Faculty.

We also run a graduate workshop in financial history throughout the academic year.