Shaping our future together

Ten items showing how we have supported our customers as they built aspects of our modern world.

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List of the subscribers to the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies.

First Edition of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.

Richard Arkwright's account in the ledger of Heywood Brothers of Manchester.

Pamphlet published by the promoters of St Katharine Dock, London.

Issued to directors of the London & Birmingham Railway.

From the domed ceiling of National Provincial Bank of England's London head office.

Letter from a boy applying for an apprenticeship with Commercial Bank of Scotland.

Letter to Glyn, Mills, Currie & Co from the chairman of the Manchester Ship Canal Company.

Film made by the Royal Bank of Scotland, encouraging workers to open bank accounts.

Sample piece used for demonstration purposes.