Congratulations to the Cambridge, Reading and Exeter local institutes, which all celebrate their centenaries in 2020.
The first insurance institute was founded in Manchester in 1873. This was followed during the next 23 years by the formation of insurance institutes in Glasgow (1881), Dublin (1885), Norwich (1886), Birmingham (1887), Leeds (1888), Bristol (1890) and Newcastle (1896).
In 1897, The Federation of Insurance Institutes of Great Britain and Ireland was established as an examining body only, with the local institutes forming classes or providing other educational facilities.
In the years up to 1911, a further 11 institutes were formed -- Nottingham (1898), Edinburgh (1901), Cardiff (1905), Belfast, Liverpool and London (1907), Northampton (1908), Dundee and Stoke-on-Trent (1909), Aberdeen and Perth (1911).
In 1908, the federation became the Insurance Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and this remained the name for the next four years until, in 1912, the Institute was granted its Royal Charter and the CII came into being.
The network of local institutes continued to expand and today, 56 local institutes across the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands provide local membership services for members.
To find out more, visit: www.cii.co.uk/bristol