Henry Duncan Bicentenary Conference

One day conference on "How a Scottish Minister Changed the Financial Landscape" - the Henry Duncan Bicentenary Conference.

In 1810, Rev Henry Duncan, a parish minister near Dumfries, founded a savings bank in his church hall as a way of addressing the poverty of his parishioners; as the idea caught on, he was recognised as the father of the Savings Bank movement. As we celebrate the bicentenary, banking is in some turmoil, and very much in the public eye. Two day conferences will mark the anniversary - one, in the General Assembly Hall on 9 June 2010, is hosted by the Church of Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Scotland, and Edinburgh University; on the following day, the European Savings Bank Group will host a conference in the Sheraton Hotel. The event is free but requires registration.

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