The UK Historical Data repository has been developed jointly by the Bank of England, ESCoE and the Office for National Statistics. The site is both a repository of historical UK data and relevant statistical publications, as well as a hub that links to other data websites and sources. The focus is on aggregate macroeconomic and financial market data alongside disaggregated economic data at a sector, industry and regional level. More granular, historical microdata on the UK economy and other social science data is provided by the UK Data Service repository.
A significant amount of data has been loaded onto the site and more data will continue to be added, including additional publications, Excel transcriptions and added functionality. Some datasets are only in PDF form, but these are OCR-ready and we are hoping these will be transcribed into Excel over time. We would especially encourage researchers who do transcribe data from the site to allow us to put these datasets into the repository.
The historical economic statistics publications and datasets have been compiled and curated by ESCoE as a best endeavours project based on publicly available information as well as information from our partners. These include the Bank of England and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and many academic colleagues and rightsholders to whom we are extremely grateful for their kind permission to republish copyrighted material.
Our partners are not responsible for how the information they have provided has been used in the creation of these items, or in how they have been or may be interpreted. Repository items may report economic figures which are not in line with official statistics. If you wish to obtain official statistics from ONS, please visit their website. Similarly official statistics on the monetary and financial system can be obtained from the Bank of England on their website.
The repository material has been organised into nine sections allowing users to browse to subject areas of interest. A short video explaining the content of these pages is available here. Users looking for a particular publication can find an index listing the set of digitised publications available in the repository here.
Collections of macroeconomic data such as the Bank of England’s Millennium of Data spreadsheet
Historical national accounts data stretching back to 1086
Historical data on input-output and supply-use tables back to 1841
Data on wages, consumer and producer prices, population and the labour market
Data on interest rates, asset price, exchange rates alongside financial accounts and balance sheets
Money, banking and credit statistics, including the Bank of England balance sheet and its operations
Data on the UK’s overseas trade and balance of payments as far back as the C13th
Data on government spending, revenues and public sector debt
Housing market data, energy statistics, agriculture and climate