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Few staff records of the Royal Mint Refinery survive. Most of the Refinery's administrative records were held at the east London site after 1856 and were destroyed following its sale to Engelhard Industries in 1967.

See also the Staff Department for records of Refinery staff in Staff Department series. 

Royal Mint Refinery: notice of death of Jacques-Jean Arnould, Director of the Refinery, 1901

000/2520, 1 item

Notice announcing the death of Jacques-Jean Arnould, Director of the Refinery of N M Rothschild & Sons, 1901: "[The above listed names] … have the regret to inform you of the painful loss they experienced in the person of Jacques-Jean Arnould, Director of the Refinery of N M Rothschild & Sons, their husband, father, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew uncle, first cousin and cousin died on January 21, 1901, at his home, Royal Mint Refinery, 19 Royal Mint Street, E, London, at the age of 62."

Royal Mint Refinery: staff records, undertakings signed by Refinery staff and staff pensions, c.1905-1937

000/605, 1 box

Royal Mint Refinery: sundry staff records, undertakings signed by Refinery staff and staff pensions.These papers were originally stored in a tin trunk 'Box 145 Refinery Staff Records'. The papers include undertakings signed by employees of The Royal Mint Refinery that they are not involved in any financial business; papers concerning staff pensions; notification of death of Royal Mint Refinery pensioners, and a small collection of press cuttings concerning the theft of gold from the Royal Mint Refinery by Thomas Foote, April 1915. 

Royal Mint Refinery Staff Remuneration Book , 1912-1916

000/356 (I/127/1), 1 volume

A volume originally from the Accounts Department. In this volume, refinery staff are classified as clerical, workmen, special grades or ordinary shift workers. The volume lists French workmen with tables showing their position, the date they entered the refinery, their salaries and other employment details.

Royal Mint Refinery Staff Deposit Ledgers, 1913-1928

I/126/1-2, 2 volumes

A record of stock accounts of refinery staff. These volumes record the balances of the refinery staff's accounts. Staff of the Royal Mint Refinery were offered the opportunity to deposit money with the company: "Any workman may deposit money with the House up to a maximum of £100, Interest at 4% per annum is allowed on such deposits. They may also invest sums of £100 or more in securities of their own or Messrs Rothschilds' selection, the securities being stored and the dividends being collected, at New Court, free of charge."

Royal Mint Refinery: staff records, Mr George Hendley, 1935

000/1763, 2 items

Royal Mint Refinery form for employees giving consent to being searched.  Signed by George Hendley, 6 June 1935, with photograph of Mr Hendley affixed.

Royal Mint Refinery: staff records, Mr Phillip Todd, c.1936-1964

000/1816, 5 items

Bundle of documents concerning the employment of Phillip Todd (c.1913-2007).  Mr Todd worked at the Royal Mint Refinery from 1936 to 1968, and for at least part of that time was an electrician. Includes the form for employees giving consent to being searched, with photograph of Mr Todd affixed. 

Royal Mint Refinery: sundry staff records, 1937

000/2458, 1 file

Typed sheets of employee records, dated 1 March 1937 giving names of permanent employees, wages and dates of entry to the Royal Mint Refinery.

Royal Mint Refinery: staff records, French pensioners, 1946

000/514, 1 item

List of French pensioners from the Royal Mint Refinery, June 1946. 

Royal Mint Refinery: Michel Poisat (first Manager of the Royal Mint Refinery), biographical articles, n.d.

000/434, 1 file

The London house acquired the lease of the Royal Mint Refinery in 1852 at a significant time when gold had recently been discovered in California and Australia. The first manager, a Frenchman, Michel Poisat, was recommended to Sir Anthony de Rothschild (1810-1876) by his brother Nathaniel de Rothschild (1812-1870) who was based in Paris, having served an apprenticeship with the Paris house. Poisat had been associated with the French Rothschilds in a refinery business in Paris and he supervised the recruitment, in France, of workers for the London business. Photocopies of biographical articles about Poisat, first  manager of the Royal Mint Refinery: Galerie Civile, 1883; Visages de L'Ain, No.63, 1962 and information about memorials of the Posait family. [Note: these papers were not generated by NMR or the refinery, but are included here for reference].