Many of our constituent companies were pioneers in the development of insurance cover in response to changing customer needs. Our companies were the first to offer accident insurance to protect people from the dangers of travelling on the early railways and at the forefront of insurance developments necessitated by the arrival of the motor car. Read more about these important firsts and others.
Along the way these companies and their staff lived through momentous world events and major disasters, such the loss of the Titanic and the great earthquake and fire of San Francisco. Responses to these events are recorded in the pages of the company records, as are references to the provision of insurance for famous names - from royalty and politicians to literary secret agents.