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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/192-02
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1824-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 386 production units.
Name of creator(s): Alliance Assurance Co Ltd x Alliance British and Foreign Life and Fire Assurance Co


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Alliance Assurance Company, of 1 and 2 Bartholomew Lane, was established in 1824. Until 1886 the company was known as the Alliance British and Foreign Life and Fire Assurance Company. In the 19th century, its business was extended to Europe, USA, the West Indies and India. It was acquired by the Sun Insurance Office in 1959.

In 1902 the income from the life and annuity policies of the Imperial Life Insurance Company, the Argus Life Assurance Company and the England Assurance Institution was amalgamated to form the Imperial Life Assurance Fund (see Ms 38911-15).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Alliance Assurance Company Limited, comprising constitutional documents; board minutes and various committee minutes; life policy registers; reports of foreign visits, 1863-1965; agents' instruction books, 1868-1963, and other financial and administrative records.

'Life' material is subject to a 75 year closure period. Other material is subject to a 50 year closure period.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

48 hours notice required for access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The archives of the Alliance Assurance have been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1968 by the Sun Alliance Insurance Group except for volumes relating to the Fire Offices' Committee (Foreign) which were found amongst records deposited by the Fire Offices' Committee. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Some local board and committee minutes are held at other repositories. For the Sun Insurance Office see CLC/B/192/A to H.

Publication note:

See Sir W Schooling, Alliance Assurance, 1824-1924, London 1924 and H Cockerell & E Green, The British Insurance Business: A Guide to its History and Records, London, 1976.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January to May 2011.

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