Martins Bank Archive exists to record and preserve not only physical items that were used by the Bank and its staff, but also to collect together in one place aspects of the social history of Martins before they are forgotten for good. This means that many of our records are kept on computer. The purpose of this particular page of our Online Archive is to let you know exactly what kinds of data we keep on computer, and how we use this information to help us tell the story of Martins Bank and the people who worked there. We use three main sources of data:


1.    Data published by the Bank in its Staff Publications.

2.    Data offered to us by former staff and/or their relatives.

3.    Data obtained through public sources of reference including online.


Changes in the law which came into force on 25 May 2018 mean that anyone who collects personal data has new and tougher rules to adhere to, so that those whose data is held know it is being held for a good reason, and that it is being used correctly – both in accordance with the law and with the wishes of the subjects of the data. Here is a brief summary of our use of data, followed by a more detailed explanation of what we do with it:


·         We do not have a mailing list.

·         We only contact those who have contacted the Archive in order that we may answer questions or assist with research.

·         We do not sell or encourage others to buy or sell goods or information.

·         The email addresses of those who have contacted us are stored offline, and are never shared without the permission of the email account holder.

·         Information provided to us by visitors to the Archive is used only in line with the wishes of those visitors. We do not advertise, nor do we trade or make any money from our operations or the information we hold.


… and what we do with it



Additional Data held for some members of staff

Staff records as published by Martins Bank Limited:

·         Surname, Initials and title (including Honours)

·         Year of Entry to the Bank and at which Branch or Office

·         Year of transfer between Branches or offices

·         Year of Promotion, along with new job title and Branch

·         Years of service in WW1, WW2 or both

·         Year of Examination success

·         Year of Marriage (incl Maiden name for female staff)

·         Year of Resignation

·         Year of Retirement

·         Year of Death

·         Details of civic, local or national awards or honours

·         Articles published about members of staff in Martins Bank Magazine.

Information provided by former staff and relatives which may include:

·         Preferred First name or nickname, but not all First names.

·         Annual Gross Salary details for some years from payslips

·         A small number of deaths are recorded. Some include the person’s age and their exact date of death.

·         Photographs of staff members taken for and used in Bank publications between 1946 and 1969

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·         We are obliged to make the contents of our Archive available on request to Barclays Group Archives.

·         We share with the Imperial War Museum “Lives of the First World War” Project, details of staff who served the UK in the First World War.

Use of COOKIES policy


·         Martins Bank Archive does NOT use cookies at all on its web site. We do not gather any information about the people who use our site. We do not share information about our visitors with anyone else. Our site is linked to many others for example online museums, local and national newspapers. They will have their own policy regarding use of cookies.

·         Dates of birth

·         Full first names beyond first initial

·         Home Addresses either historical or current

·         Data which expresses an opinion about a person’s character or standard of work.


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The majority of Staff recorded in our database are no longer alive.  The following example shows a typical record in the database which shows someone’s career details from when they joined until published records ceased at the end of 1969:

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If you have contacted us by email and contributed information and/or physical items to the Archive, and you have any concerns about how your data is used by us, please do get in touch with us at

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