The development of occupational pensions in the UK over the course of the 20th century has been a story which weaves together British industrial and social history. PAT aims to document this history, and the history of personal pension provision, and ensure that it remains accessible for future generations.
Collections in the Pensions Archive include:
- business records focusing on the details of how pension schemes were operated,
- records of Non-Governmental organisations connected with pensions management, oversight, development and advice, including the records of national pension bodies such as the National Association of Pension Funds and the Society of Pension Consultants,
- papers from individuals who were involved in the administration or oversight of pension schemes, and
- printed material from personal libraries.
Additional material relating to pensions is included within other collections at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), where the Pensions Archive is based. A survey of this material was carried out in 2011-2012, and a guide to pensions material within LMA's collections is now available.
LMA's Information Leaflet on Pensions Archives provides more information on the Pensions Archive's collections.
PAT collections focus on the operation of pension schemes, not the individuals enrolled in these schemes, and will therefore be of limited use to family historians.