Support us

The work of the Pensions Archive Trust relies wholly on the generous support of organisations and individuals who have an interest in preserving the history of the pensions movement to keep it alive for future generations. We are also grateful to the volunteers who have contributed their time and expertise to various projects so that we can be even more effective.

Our funding needs

Donations to the charity will be used to continue and expand our work through:

Funding a dedicated staff member within the London Metropolitan Archives – essential in order to fulfil our charitable objectives.

Expanding our online collection through the work of digital archiving – the more funds we raise, the more we can expand our online catalogue that can meet the needs of researchers working outside of London.
The trustees who manage and administer the charity are all volunteers, giving their time freely, so every penny is spent on furthering our charitable objectives.

Become a Corporate Partner

We could not have established the Pensions Archive Trust without the ongoing financial support of donors from across the pensions industry, and we are grateful to all our corporate partners for standing with us in our work.

Businesses and organisations who are interested in supporting our work are invited to contribute annual subscriptions, monthly subscriptions or make a one-off donation. Annual subscriptions of three to five years are especially helpful for budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning.

Partnering with PAT is one way that businesses operating in the pensions sector can fulfil their corporate social responsibilities to wider stakeholders. To discuss how such a partnership could benefit your business, please contact the Chairman Jeff Highfield. 


Become a Friend of PAT

We are also very grateful to individuals who choose to support our work in their personal capacity by becoming a Friend of PAT.

Friends normally give a set amount on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, annually etc); there are various ways to do this and the Trust can claim Gift Aid on donations from individuals who pay Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the UK, making it especially helpful. Friends can cancel their support at any time if they choose to.

We are committed to keeping our Friends informed of news and developments, and warmly invite them to attend various PAT events throughout the year.

To become a Friend, we simply ask you to make an annual donation to PAT of at least £25. To make a donation or set up a Standing Order, please contact us.

Please also consider making your donation under Gift Aid; you can contact us to obtain a Gift Aid declaration form.


If you have relevant expertise and are willing to offer your time, we would love to hear from you as there may well be a project which you could assist with. One highly valuable resource PAT created is the Research Guide to the pensions’ material held across the LMA, and this was all thanks to a volunteer, Malcolm Deering.

In 2011 Malcom Deering worked with the Trust’s archivist to search the extensive business collections already held at the London Metropolitan Archives with the goal of unearthing the pensions-related material and compiling it into a comprehensive guide. The Guide covers a range of material relating to pensions and other forms of provision for old age and includes documents from collections including Whitbread and Company Limited, Courage, Barclay and Simmonds (Brewers); The Baltic Exchange, The Press Association, Royal Scottish Corporation, and the Corporation of London.

View the Research Guide here

Invite us to share our views

Another way you can support the work of PAT is by inviting members of our team to submit commentary or analysis on pensions’ policy or practice. The Pensions Archive Trust is run by industry leaders with different pensions backgrounds and considerable experience and we always welcome opportunities to contribute to public discussion.

All enquiries for comment should be directed to Chairman Jeff Highfield in the first instance.

Deposit workplace pensions records with us

Our archive is only as valuable as the material that it holds, and we have high ambitions to make it the leading resource of its kind in the country as more companies choose to deposit their corporate pensions records with us. We are committed to ensuring that the Pensions Archive is operated to the highest legal and professional standards so businesses who operate workplace pensions schemes can trust PAT to protect the material deposited with us.

We believe that pension provision is a powerful force for good in British society, and when we reflect on the past hundred years of pension scheme development, we overwhelmingly see collaboration between employers, employees and policy makers at its best. We are grateful to all who support us in keeping this important story alive for future generations.

Jeff Highfield
Chairman, PAT