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Dr Michele Blagg

Visiting Research Associate, ICBH



Michele did her PhD with Dr Michael Kandiah and Prof Richard Roberts at ICBH, on 'The Royal Mint Refinery, a business adapting to change 1919-1968’, awarded in 2013. The study focused on the interaction between the merchant bank, N M Rothschild & Sons, and the London gold market revealing much about the significant players in the industry and contributes to the wider understanding of the current renaissance for gold. The project was part of a Collaborative Doctoral Award granted by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in partnership with King’s and The Rothschild Archive, London.

Michele is now a Visiting Research Associate with ICBH at King’s and assists with MA teaching and oral history projects. Her areas of interest include financial and business history with special regard for the actors and networks located in London.

She is a historical records consultant at The Rothschild Archive and sits on the Executive of the Business Archive Council (BAC). Through her work with BAC she is involved in the annual ‘Meet the Archivists’ workshop and also with conferences for the Archives and Artefacts Study Group (A2SN). The object of these events is to create networking opportunities between academics, heritage professionals and enthusiasts with the aim of informing exhibitions etc. and encouraging the use of archival material in both research and teaching. 

Michele’s current research project in 2014, with funds secured from the City, is to record the voices of the London Bullion Market Association.


• Blagg, Michele, ‘The Royal Mint Refinery, a Window onto the London Gold Market’ in Alchemist, London Bullion Market Association 71 (2013).

• Blagg, Michele, ‘Gold Refining in London: the End of a Rainbow 1919-1922’ in Dr Sandra Bott (ed.) The Global Gold Market from the late 19th Century until Today: Actors, Networks, Power (Palgrave Macmillan: 2013).

• Blagg, Michele, ‘The Royal Mint Refinery, A Business Adapting to Change, 1852-1968’ in Business Archives Sources and History, 101, Nov 2010. 

• Blagg, Michele, ‘The Royal Mint Refinery, 1852-1968’ The Rothschild Archive Review of the Year, 2009.

Conference and Symposium Papers

• ‘Let Her rest in Peace, HMS Edinburgh and her cargo of gold’, International History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, March 2014.

•  ‘A Golden Opportunity’ Enhancing Impact, Inspiring Excellence, Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, September 2013. 

• ‘Work, Food and Houses’, ICBH Conference, King’s College London, July 2013.

• ‘Bandits and Bullion’, Association of Business Historians, University of Central Lancashire, June 2013.

• ‘The London Gold Refining Industry, the end of the rainbow’, University of Lausanne, March 2012.

• ‘Gold, and interwar relations’, International History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, January 2011.

• ‘The Greatest Gold Robbery ever, the day the delivery van was ambushed’, The Rothschild Archive, January 2011. 

• ‘Gold movements’, ICBH Annual Conference, King’s College London, June 2011.

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