Banking, Insurance and Finance Union, earlier the National Union of Bank Employees

Scope and Content

Includes a few records added by UNIFI to series begun NUBE/BIFU.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1918 the Bank Officers' Guild was formed to represent managerial and clerical staff in all banks in England and Wales. In 1919 the Scottish Bankers' Association was formed in Scotland. In 1946 the two bodies amalgamated and adopted the joint title of the National Union of Bank Employees. In 1979 the union renamed itself the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union. With effect from 18 May 1999 it amalgamated with UNiFI and the NatWest Staff Association to form UNIFI.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, Vol.1 (Gower, 1980).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

The first deposit was made by the National Union of Bank Employees in August 1974. Further deposits were made in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1985, 1988 and 1990, 2004 and 2005.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the records of the following organisations received in accessions with reference code MSS.56: Central Council of Bank Non-Clerical Staff Associations; Bank Officers' Guild; District Bank Staff Committee; National Provincial Bank Ladies Guild; National Provincial Bank Staff Association; National Westminster Staff Association; UNIFI; Westminster Bank Guild.