Terms and conditions

Before using this Site, you should read these Terms and Policies (“Terms”). By accessing this Site, you agree to be bound by the Terms.

HSBC Holdings plc has a Companies House number of 14259 and a principal place of business at 8 Canada Square. HSBC Bank plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

The information contained on the Site is for information purposes only. HSBC Holdings plc does not hold itself out as providing legal, financial or other advice via the Site.

About the site

The purpose of the Site is to share our rich heritage and culture through selected highlights from the HSBC Archive collections. Archival assets and contextual information have been brought together in stories and exhibitions for your enjoyment and learning. The search function also enables you to explore the collections for more detailed historical research.

Data protection and privacy

We are committed to protecting your privacy. Read our privacy notice here to find out how we use and protect your personal information.


You should read our Cookie Policy here to find out more about how HSBC and our trusted partners use cookies, which is relevant to your experience on this website.


We may change the Content found on our Site at any time without notice, and consequently our Terms may change at any time in the future.


The purpose of this Site is to provide access and share with you Content of our history through cultural assets and stories. The purpose of the Content is to facilitate your further learning and enjoyment of our rich archives and history collection, and is not intended to be used for commercial purposes or for profit.

The Content may be subject to revision and updates and we reserve our rights to delete or modify any Content at our sole discretion and without prior notice to you. Any update provided to you will be made available through the Site, and it is your responsibility to access any such update as you may deem it necessary.

Users of the site

You are wholly responsible for use of the Site by any person using your computer and you must ensure that any such person complies with these Terms.

This Site is intended for global use. We do not make any representation or guarantee that the Content and/or the Site is appropriate or complies with the law in the respective jurisdiction the Content and/or Site is accessed or used in.

No warranties and limitation of liability

The following clauses exclude or limit our legal liability for the Site. You should read them carefully. They all apply only as far as the law permits, and in particular we do not exclude or restrict our duties and liabilities to you under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, or the rules of the FCA for the conduct of business.

The contents of the Site are distributed to you without a warranty of any kind. Information on the Site is provided on an “as is”, “as available” basis and to the fullest extent permitted by law we do not give or make any warranty or representation of any kind, whether express or implied in respect of such information whether in respect of the Site. Your use of the Site is at your sole risk.

We do not warrant the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or timeliness of the information, material, products or the error-free use of the Site.

We do not represent or warrant that the Site will be available or that it will meet your requirements, that access will be uninterrupted, that there will be no delays, failures, errors or omissions or loss of transmitted information, that no viruses or other contaminating or destructive properties will be transmitted or that no damage will occur to your computer system. You have sole responsibility for adequate protection and back up of data and/or equipment and for undertaking reasonable and appropriate precautions to scan for computer viruses or other destructive properties.

We shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever and howsoever arising as a result of your use of or reliance on the information contained on the Site to the maximum extent permitted by law.

Internet e-mail

Messages sent over the internet cannot be guaranteed to be completely secure as they are subject to possible interception or loss or possible alteration. We are not responsible for them and will not be liable to you or anyone else for any damages or otherwise in connection with any message sent by you to HSBC or any message sent by HSBC to you over the internet.

Links to third party sites or content

Your use of hyperlinks on the Site is at your own risk. We provide hyperlinks to other locations on the internet for information and convenience purposes only. No endorsement of third party websites or content is implied. We are not responsible for the content of any other websites or pages linked to or from the Site, and we have not verified the content of any such websites, or pages. It is recommended that you view the linked website’s terms or privacy policy pages to understand how use of that website may affect you.

We are not responsible for the accuracy, timeliness or the continued availability or the existence of content, hyperlinks, or third party websites or pages linked to the Site.

Trademarks and copyright

HBSC is a trademark of HSBC Group and all rights in and to HSBC vest in the HSBC Group. Other than as provided you may not use or reproduce the HSBC trademark, logo or brand name.

The software which operates this Site (the “Software”) is proprietary to HSBC or its licensors and you are not permitted to use it except as expressly allowed under these Terms. You may imprint, copy, download or temporarily store extracts from our Site as required for you to enjoy the Content. You must not alter anything. Any other use is prohibited unless you first get our written permission.

Content available on or through this Site may not be distributed, published, transferred, transmitted, copied, altered, sold or used to create derivative works or otherwise misused. Any other use is prohibited unless you first request and obtain our written permission.

We have carried out extensive research into the origins of the Content available on this Site, including intellectual property, trademarks, copy right and other proprietary rights. We have used all reasonable efforts, where necessary, to gain consent and/or approval from any third parties who have had historical involvement with the Content. If you believe any Content on this Site has been included in error, please fill out the enquiry form here.

Nothing contained on the Site should be considered as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any trade marks, logos or other names, including but not limited to, those identifying HSBC, the HSBC Group Members, their licensors, suppliers or contractors, without the express written consent of the applicable rights holder.

HSBC Social Media terms and conditions

HSBC are committed to driving human ambition and empowering customers and employees to engage and interact with our brand. Social Media presents a unique opportunity for these interactions and through this platform we are better able to connect with our customers, the public and the communities in which we operate.

We want to hear your message and would love for you to hear ours. However, in order to provide a quality and respectful environment to support these exchanges, it is important that all parties choosing to engage with us comply with the following terms and conditions which apply to all social media websites, accounts and/or pages which belong to or are managed by HSBC.

Additional terms of use conditions, such as those in place by the third party platform, may apply.

Governing law

The Terms are governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of the above jurisdiction will have non-exclusive jurisdiction in respect of any dispute, which may arise.