London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


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Scope and Content:
  • Records of predecessors of the Association of British Insurers, comprising:
    - Accident Offices Association (Overseas)
    - Accident Offices Association
    - Aircraft Insurance Committee
    - Associated Fire Insurers (Government Commodities) Management Committee
    - Association of Life Assurance Offices in India
    - British Insurance Association
    - British Life Assurance Trust
    - Building Society Indemnities Committee
    - Coal Pool;
    - Consequential Loss Committee;
    - Debris Clearance Pool;
    - Engineering Offices Association;
    - Fire Offices' Committee;
    - Fire Offices Committee (Foreign);
    - Fire Offices Committee of Ireland;
    - Glasgow Rate and Salvage Association;
    - Home Office Vehicles Pool;
    - Industrial Life Offices Association;
    - Insurance Companies (War Settlement) Committee;
    - Life Offices' Association;
    - South African Accident Council;
    - London Australasian Insurance Committee;
    - London Continental Fire Insurance Committee;
    - London Fire Engine Establishment;
    - London Salvage Corps;
    - London South African Insurance Committee;
    - London West Africa Insurance Committee;
    - London Wharf and Warehouse Committee;
    - National Amalgamated Approved Society;
    - National Conference of Industrial Assurance Approved Societies;
    - Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee);
    - Trading with the Enemy Joint Insurance Committee.

    ACCESS: CLC/B/017/MS29151A/001-003 (3 films) are available by prior appointment only.

    The records of the Fire Offices' Committee and associated committee organisations are available for access. They are no longer subject to 75 years restriction on access which was removed in September 2018 (the organisations for which the restriction has been removed are: Associated Fire Insurers (Government Commodities) Management; Consequential Loss, Fire Offices'; Insurance Companies (War Settlement); London Australian Insurers; London Continental Fire Insurance; London South African Insurance; London West Africa Insurance); Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee); Trading with the Enemy Joint Insurance.

    PLEASE NOTE: further minutes and files of the British Insurance Association and files of other predecessor bodies, along with minutes and files of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) from 1985-2000, remain uncatalogued. The uncatalogued records are available by prior appointment only quoting accession reference B11/056. In addition access requests to ABI records from 1985-2000 are subject to prior permission from ABI. Copyright to ABI records from 1985 is vested in ABI. Please contact staff for further details.

Extent: 2798 production units.
Classification: BUSINESSES
Site Location: Held offsite - access by appointment only
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Administrative History:
  • The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is the trade body for insurance companies in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1985 on the merger of the British Insurance Association, the Life Offices Association, the Fire Offices Committee and the Accident Offices Association. The Association has around 400 companies in membership. The work of the ABI includes policy formulation, research and statistics, and public relations representing the insurance industry. It also organises conferences and seminars and publishes reports.

    The ABI was based at 51 Gresham Street, City of London; later One America Square, 17 Crosswall, City of London (as of 2018).

Creator: Various.
Copyright: City of London
Source of Acquisition:
  • Records deposited on various dates since 1974 and in 1994 gifted to Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section by the Association of British Insurers at various dates. The Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009. Further predecessor records were gifted in 2011. The records of ABI post 1985 which were also deposited in 2011 are held on loan.
  • B11/056
  • 1985/029
  • 1985/045
  • 1974/042
  • 1988/014
  • 1975/050
  • 1976/008
  • 1976/052
  • 1995/042
  • 1994/045
  • 1994/046
  • 1994/080
  • 1994/081
Access Restrictions: Access by appointment only. Please contact staff These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Arrangement: Material is arranged in 33 subfonds according to individual company (as listed in the Scope and Content field). Within each subfond records are arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.
Related Material: Records are held at LMA for many insurance companies who were members of the Associations and bodies contained in this archive.