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About the Bank

Founded in 1694, the Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Sometimes known as the ‘Old Lady’ of Threadneedle Street, the Bank’s mission is to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.

The front of the Bank of England, Threadneedle Street


What we do

What we do - inside the Bank of England

From producing secure bank notes and keeping inflation low and stable, to supervising banks and insurers and safeguarding the stability of the financial system, learn more about what the Bank does…more

Who we are

Who we are image


The Bank of England is a diverse organisation made up of roughly 3600 dedicated public servants. Find out more about who we are…more

The Bank's Strategic Plan: Vision 2020

Vision 2020


Vision 2020 sets out how we are planning to change the way we work and the way we communicate…more

How we are governed

Court Room within the Bank of England

Nationalised in 1946, the Bank is a corporation wholly owned by the UK government. Overseen by a board of directors known as Court, the Bank is accountable to both Parliament and the public. Find out more about how we are governed…more


Our history

Historical picture of the Bank of England

The Bank’s history runs parallel to the economic and financial history of the United Kingdom. Events and circumstances over the past 300 years have shaped the role and responsibilities of the modern-day Bank. Find out more about our history...more