BoE wartime minutes show sharp contrast between Court of then and now

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Bomb damage to Threadneedle Street, January 1941. Image credit: Bank of England Archives

The Bank of England (BoE) yesterday published the minutes of meetings of its Court of Directors from 1914-1946, revealing insights into how the board has evolved over the past century.

One of the first things that become apparent is that, even in 1946, the minutes were written by hand, recorded in a separate book for each year in neat lines of looping cursive.

The minutes are also notable for their brevity. Despite the seriousness of events that unfolded throughout the period, including two Worl

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