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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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11: Subscription list, 1696

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

12: Wealth of Nations, 1776

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

13: Customer ledger, 1791

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

14: Plain Statement of Facts, 1824

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

15: Director's rail pass, 1837

Issued to directors of the London & Birmingham Railway.

16: Decorative glass, 1865

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

17: Apprentice's application, 1873

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

18: Ship Canal letter, 1891

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

19: 'A Diabolical Liberty', 1967

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

20: Optical fibre cable, 1996

Sample piece used for demonstration purposes.