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Family history

Useful lists of names of Mint employees exist from the 16th century onwards. But the records are especially strong from about 1900 onwards, when it becomes possible to provide summary career details for every member of staff. The Museum also holds thousands of photographs of people at work dating back to the late 19th century.

If you would like to make a family history enquiry about a former employee, or if you have a story you wish to share, please contact us using the enquiry form. As has been the case for the last 40 years or so, all correspondence relating to family history is filed alphabetically to provide a foundation for future research.

Image from The Royal Mint: An Illustrated History showing Edmund Anning on the left

Edmund Anning

The frustration with surviving photographs very often lies in not knowing the names of those in the picture, a situation which certainly applied to the three gentlemen shown here in a photograph from the 1890s – that is, until quite recently.

We were contacted from America by a descendant of the man to the bottom-left whom we now know to be Edmund Anning. In researching her family history, the lady knew of the connection with the Royal Mint and, having bought a copy of Graham Dyer’s The Royal Mint: An Illustrated History, discovered her relative in one of the images on page 37. She subsequently made contact with the Museum, revealing who the man was, and we were able to tell her about his career at the Royal Mint as a packer and teller at the time the picture was taken and later how he moved up to the position of Office Keeper. The story provides an excellent illustration of how the Museum is able to help others with their research and how they in turn are able to enhance our knowledge of the records and images that have come down to us.