HSBC Asia-Pacific Archives is responsible for managing the archives of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. It houses information about banking and business in the countries and territories where HSBC has operated across the Asia Pacific, and is among the most important and heavily used bank collections in the world.
Senior Archives Manager, Helen Swinnerton and her colleagues will guide us on a tour to see the business records, photographs, banknotes, coins and artefacts – from their oldest holdings of cowry shells to records of HSBC's more recent past. The famous collection of artworks by George Chinnery will also be highlighted. As an organisation that shares a history with Hong Kong since its founding in 1865, we will see how HSBC's Archives can reflect the economic, political and social development of the community over the last 148 years.
Helen Swinnerton is a professional archivist who has worked for HSBC for 10 years, initially in London and later transferring to Hong Kong to lead the regional archives function. She is responsible for selecting and managing records with historical value in order to preserve and utilise HSBC's collective corporate memory across the region. In Asia, Helen has also taken a role in supporting the wider archives community as Secretary General for UNESCO's Memory of the World Committee in the Asia-Pacific, and as Vice-Chair of the Hong Kong Archives Society.