A timeline outlining the local history of one of Jersey’s largest banking organisations has been unveiled in St Helier this week.

The display, which has been put together in support of the 50th anniversary of Jersey as an international finance centre this year, will be on display to the public in HSBC’s branch in King Street and the reception area of HSBC Bank International’s headquarters on The Esplanade.

Featuring a timeline, images and documents from HSBC’s own records, the display traces significant moments in HSBC’s history in Jersey, starting in 1858 when the Channel Islands Bank was established in Jersey.

Other key dates include 1897 when Midland Bank bought the Channel Islands Bank, the rebuilding of the iconic Library Place branch in 1900, the changing face of banking during the German occupation, HSBC’s acquisition of Midland Bank in 1992 and the construction of HSBC Bank International’s global headquarters on The Esplanade in 2003.

Nick Winsor, CEO of HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man, who coincidentally also celebrated his 50th birthday this year, said:

“Jersey has a well regarded history as a first class finance centre and HSBC has been part of that right from the beginning. In fact, HSBC has been a part of island life from well before the dawn of international financial services in the 1960s and it is fascinating to reflect on how the Bank and banking more generally have evolved over the years. I hope that people will pop into either our King Street branch or HSBC Bank International’s reception on The Esplanade to have a look at the display we’ve put together.”

A range of initiatives marking the 50th anniversary of Jersey as an international finance centre have been organised by Jersey Finance throughout the year, with its flagship ‘Financial Heritage’ Golden Gala event taking place on Friday 9th September at the Hotel de France, which will also raise money for the Association of Jersey Charities.