USing our collections

The Pensions Archive is based within the London Metropolitan Archive's facilities at 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, Central London.

Visiting the Pensions Archive

What can the Pensions Archive's collections be used for?

The Board of The Pensions Archive Trust (PAT) entered into an partnership agreement with London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), to preserve archives relating to pensions and to establish a centre of excellence for the study of archival material, both historic and contemporary, relating to occupational and personal pensions, in 2006 and the Pensions Archive collections have been housed at LMA since this date.

LMA is managed and funded by the City of London Corporation.  It is the second largest archive service in the UK (after The National Archives). Its existing collections include the archives of many businesses, charities, associations, religious and cultural organisations as well as local authorities, and covers almost a thousand years of history from the earliest document of 1067 to the present day.

LMA provides the infrastructure and management expertise to support the Pensions Archive, both in terms of professional archive and conservation knowledge and management and also as an organisation which has collected, cared for and promoted archive collections since the 19th century.  Archives deposited by, or on behalf of PAT, are managed to the highest standards of professional care by archivists, conservators, librarians and interpretation professionals, who work to national and international standards.  A dedicated project archivist is employed by the City of London Corporation, who is directly supervised by LMA managers, but funded by PAT.

The Pensions Archive collections are stored in the LMA strong rooms, which are specially designed and conform to national standards for archive storage, and from which they are produced for the public to see.   They are catalogued onto LMA's bespoke archive cataloguing software and included in LMA's general interpretation and outreach programmes.

PAT and LMA also plan special events and activities, such as the reception to launch the partnership of the Trust and LMA, a special research publication and non-routine conservation work, as well as educational lectures on pensions. Please see our events page for further details.

Contact Details for the LMA and PAT


The Pensions Archive Trust - Registered Charity No. 1122633   

Chairman - Alan Herbert     Secretary - Peter Dawes