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Archive of the Equitable Life Assurance Society

The Archive takes a complementary place alongside the existing special collections of key texts in actuarial science held by the libraries of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)

The IFoA owns the archives of the Equitable Life Assurance Society dating from the Society's origins in 1762 through to 1950. The Archive is available for research at two locations in the City of London (subject to opening hours and respective terms of access).

Manuscripts and printed books
(including the work of Thomas Bayes, James Dodson, Richard Price and William Morgan)
ca. 1747-1830 Access by application to  
IFoA Library, London
Archives of the Society for Equitable Assurances on Lives and Survivorships
(covering the Society's origins and tenure of actuary William Morgan, 1775-1830)
1762-1830 Access by application to  
IFoA Library, London
Archives of the Society for Equitable Assurances on Lives and Survivorships, and of the Equitable Life Assurance Society 1830-1950 Guildhall Library: Access by application to  
London Metropolitan Archives
Archives of the Equitable Reversionary Interest Society
and of the Reversionary Interest Society
1835-1950 Guildhall Library:
Access by application to  
London Metropolitan Archives
Historical research files and notes of Maurice Ogborn FIA for Equitable Assurances: The story of life assurance in the experience of the Equitable Life Assurance society 1762-1962 1930-1975 Access by application to  
IFoA Library, London

The IFoA seeks to preserve the Archive and to encourage research into the history of actuarial science and into the history of actuaries and their profession and practice

Formal listings of the items in the Archive are available to download:

Acknowledgement of support

The IFoA gratefully acknowledges the support of the many individuals, members and corporate groups who contributed to the purchase of the Archive in November 2006.

The names of the donors have been engraved on a commemorative plaque which was unveiled by Richard Macve, FCA Hon FIA, at the launch reception on 3 April 2007 in Staple Inn Hall.

The Equitable Life Assurance Society remains the owner of all its records dating from 1950 and is responsible for their administration. In 2007, the Reliance Mutual Insurance Society acquired the business of the University Life Assurance Society, a former subsidiary of Equitable Life, and related University Life archive records.

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We try to respond to email queries within one working day. Researcher access to historical resources may require notice in advance of visit in order to retrieve items from storage.

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  • Asia Conference Webinar Series

    7 September 2020 - 25 September 2020

    Spaces available

    There will be a prestigious line-up of international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia.  The conference will take place throughout September via an online platform. The webinars consist of plenary speaking sessions and a series of workshop sessions including Life, GI, Data Science, Sustainability, Risk Management and Investment.

    This will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover,ask questions and be at the forefront of current and developing actuarial/financial topics and trends in Asia.


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    This free 90 minute webinar is designed to support the IFoA CPD Co-ordinators, and others, involved in supporting our members to achieve their CPD requirements. 

    The programme will include an overview of the new CPD Scheme; specifically sharing with you key messages to support you implement and embrace the new CPD Scheme for our members within your organisation and regional community; how to arrange a reflective practice discussion; and an interactive reflective practice discussion learning exercise.  In addition, delegates will gain information about accessing, and making the most of the IFoA event Toolkits which you can make use of to run your own in-house events and events for regional communities. 

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    Consumer expectations are changing Insurance. The Royal Commission in Australia, Design Obligations in the UK, the insurtech ecosystem, and digital-first consumers demanding personalised solutions will all revolutionise how insurance looks like in the future.

  • Spaces available

    12.00-13.00 GMT+8

    This presenter / panel workshop hybrid will be anchored by two presentations examining the socioeconomic, medical and technological factors that will have a significant impact on mortality and our pricing over the next 20 years and beyond. It will also discuss whether significant mortality improvement will continue in Asia or whether varying experience of low improvements or deterioration. 

  • Spaces available

    12.00-13.00 GMT+8

    This presentation aims to provides an overview of the reformation of current Chinese regulatory solvency regime, how industry coping with the new normal after pandemic time and how the reformation of the regulation could help the insurance industry gets back on its feet as well as coming back to the “protection” core value for the policyholders. The presentation would include:

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    16.00-17.00 (GMT+8) | 09.00-10.00 (BST)

    The basic data of China’s 2nd Critical Illness Mortality Table covers 2000+ products in Chinese market, including about 340 million insurance policies and 5.1 million claimants. Presenter will give the audience a general understanding including but not limited to the following contents:

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area.

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    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

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    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.