Digital Heritage

We maintain a copy of the Bank of Englands website as it has looked over the last 15 years.

Keeping an historic record

How websites looked and how they worked is key to understanding our digital history.

What did the Bank of England website look like?

With our evidentiary quality archive you can see what a website looked like in the past.

Founded in 1694, the Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Sometimes known as the ‘Old Lady’ of Threadneedle Street, the Bank’s mission is to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.

Throughout its history, the Bank has always seen itself as a public institution, acting in the national interest. Although privately owned for much of its life, its activities were determined the Government and legislation. The Bank was nationalised in 1946, meaning that it was now owned by the Government rather than by private stockholders. This gave the Government the power to appoint the Bank’s Governors and Directors, and to issue directions to the Bank. To date, the Government’s power to issue directions has not been used.

The Bank of England web archive is a very important part of the UKGWA project, the services that MirrorWeb provide ensure that copies of the Banks website are always available to historians, researchers and interested parties looking to learn about the Bank of Englands history.

The MirrorWeb service captures the record itself, the provenance of the record, the original context in which it was is published and, to the best of its ability, replays the record through the original playback mechanism associated with it.

The Bank of England

As a technology partner MirrorWeb has an excellent relationship with AWS and deploys a distributed server infrastructure across multiple availability zones. The AWS compute technology gives us unparalleled technological capability and ensures we can archive and reply hundreds of websites at anyone time. We use AWS S3 to store all data and provide a 99.999999999% SLA. We encrypt all data in transit and at rest and maintain multiple copies in disparate geographical locations. Using Elasticsearch clustering technology gives our clients a powerful search tool that returns enriched results across all datasets that are then filtered using faceted search.

As a cutting edge digital archiving and big data technology company based in the Manchester we have attempted to create a solution that the TNA will find exceeds the technical requirement and thinks outside the standard management and delivery model. We have designed the architecture to create a scalable environment that will grow with the UK Government's digital strategy.

While we use hybrid and pure cloud service providers to give us unparalleled compute power we believe that the UK Government archived data should be stored in UK mainland facilities controlled by UK companies. With this in mind our technology, hardware and network partner provides UK mainland facilities that are CESG approved and connected to the PSN.

To enable MirrorWeb to deliver the level of service that the TNA requires for the UKGWA we have formed several strategic partnerships. Each of the partners has been chosen due to their expertise and experience of the technologies that will be used to deliver the UKGWA service.


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