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Access 200 years of BNP Paribas history in one click!

With podcasts, spotlights on remarkable archives, Retronews videos, and more, the BNP Paribas Well of History website offers new content and an enhanced search function. Whether you are an historian, an enthusiast, a student or just curious, travel through two centuries of history and archives with 552 historical annual reports, over 150 contextualised archive documents, 180 illustrated articles and much more.

The Well of History website showcases the bank’s heritage and provides an insight into economic and social history and international relations over time. Nearly 1,000 documents, videos, annual reports, posters, notices and themed files are available to the public

The Well of History presents the Group’s 200-year history – everything that makes BNP Paribas what it is today. To explore BNP Paribas’ heritage is to explore 200 years of economic and financial history spanning five continents.” Marie Laperdrix, Head of the Archives & History department

New features to enhance the reader’s journey 

Launched in 2015 by the BNP Paribas Archives & History department, the Well of History website has been redesigned by reorganising and enriching its content. Its design, user journeys and editorial content have been revamped to offer a new experience tailored to the needs of each user.

Browsing made easier for all user profiles

Access all content from the home page

Fine tune searches with advanced filters (theme, date, region, type of content, etc.) 

Choose the format you prefer: articles, themed files, videos, podcasts, etc.  

Select articles according to their reading time

View the map of BNP Paribas’ historical archives for academics...

Read, watch or listen to new themed series

  • ‘Spotlight on remarkable archives’ – archive documents to better understand the present 
  • ‘Comme DAB’ – a podcast series with anecdotes providing a behind-the-scenes insight and little-known events in the Group’s history  
  • ‘Retronews’ – a series of videos developed in partnership with the National Library of France to discover BNP Paribas’ history through press archives  
  • ‘Office automation and IT at BNP Paribas’ – a new behind-the-scenes look at BNP Paribas’ collection of historical objects stored in Dinan – coming in 2022.


Discover two centuries of history with varied, rich and accessible content available on your computer, tablet or smartphone – any time, anywhere!


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