According to its own account the Bow Group was set up in in February 1951, 'as an association of Conservative graduates, set up by a number of students who wanted to carry on discussing policy and ideas after they had left university. They were also concerned by the monopoly which socialist ideas had in intellectual university circles. It originally met at Bow, East London, from which it takes its name.'
Geoffrey Howe, William Rees-Mogg and Norman St John Stevas were among those attending the first meeting. Michael Howard, Norman Lamont and Peter Lilley have all held the Bow Group chairmanship. Christopher Bland was Bow Group chairman in 1969. The 2005 election saw the election of Justine Greening, John Penrose and Tobias Ellwood, all of whom had served on Bow Group council. 
- 1954 United Industrialists Association donated £500
- 1957 United Industrialists Association donated £2,000 per annum for two years
- 1960 British United Industrialists donated £3,500
Bow Group Council
Brian Cattell Chairman | Craig Rimmer Vice Chairman | Ben Harris-Quinney Political Officer and Senior Council Member, Chair of Foreign Policy & Security Committee | Luke Powell Research Secretary, Chair of Economics Committee | Alan Young Secretary | Paul Mawdsley Treasurer and Social Secretary | Ollie Markeson Commercial Secretary | Patrick Sullivan Commercial Executive | Jack Chubb Membership Secretary | Gary Jones Council - Editor of Crossbow Magazine | Jennifer White Council - Press Officer | Graham Godwin-Pearson | Council - Online Editor | Stuart Carroll Council & Chair of Health & Education Committee | Camilla Hayseldon-Ashby Council | Mark Eastham Council | Tony Lodge Chair of Energy & Transport Committee | Mark Nicholson Chair of Home Affairs Committee | Annesley Abercorn Former Chairman (2008-2010) 
- Raheem Kassam - Research Fellow - Homeland Security and Transatlantic Affairs. Also National Director of Student Rights - Tackling Extremism on Campus and Campaigns Director at the Henry Jackson Society.
Bow Group Alumni
Those who have served on the Council of the Bow Group, written papers or are members of the group include, among others:
Andrew Jones MP | Alastair Ross Goobey | Alok Sharma MP | Ann Widdecombe | Anthony Coombs MP | Sir Anthony Meyer | Anthony Teasdale | Lord Hamilton | Bill Cash MP | Bryan Cassidy | Caroline Spelman MP | Dr Charles Tannock MEP | Charlotte Leslie MP | Chris Grayling MP | Sir Christopher Bland | Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler | Christopher Jackson Hon. MEP | Chris Philp | Chris Skidmore MP | David Campbell-Bannerman MEP | Damian Collins MP | Damian Hinds MP | Daniel Hannan MEP | The Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat Amory | Lord Howell | David Shaw | David Walder | Sir Edward du Cann | Edward Leigh MP | Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP | Lord Howe | Sir Geoffrey Pattie | Sir George Gardiner | Lord Dykes | Ian Taylor | Jacques Arnold | James Elles MEP | The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP | Jocelyn Cadbury | Colonel John Blashford-Snell | John Butcher | John Penrose MP | Lord Wakenham | John Wilkinson | Jonathan Aitken | Julian Brazier MP | Sir Julian Critchley | Justine Greening MP | Keith Best | Lord Joseph | The Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke QCMP | Kwasi Kwarteng MP | Laurence Reed | Lord Brittan QC PC | Lord Inglewood | Lord Saatchi | Baroness Chalker PC | Sir Marcus Fox | Michael Colvin | Lord Heseltine PC | Lord Howard QC PC | The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo | Michael Welsh | Nicholas Budgen | Lord Ridley | Nick Hawkins | Dr. Nigel Forman | Nigel Waterson | Lord Fowler PC | Lord Lamont PC | Lord St John-Stevas PC | Lord Jenkin | Lord Blaker | Sir Peter Bottomley MP | The Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley MP | Peter Luff MP | Peter Rost | Lord Temple-Morris | Sir Peter Viggers | Philip Goodhart | Professor Sir Alan Walters | Lord Luce KG PC | Richard Ottaway MP | Robert Adley | Robert Jackson | Lord Freeman PC | Sam Gyimah MP | Simon Jenkins | The Rt. Hon. Sir Timothy Sainsbury | Tim Devlin | Tim Eggar | The Rt. Hon. Sir Timothy Raison | Sir Timothy Hoare | Tobias Ellwood MP | Tony Baldry MP | Sir Anthony Durant | Professor Vernon Bogdanor | Baroness Bottomley | Lord Rees-Mogg
- Caroline Cox, A parallel world: confronting the abuse of many Muslim women in Britain today, The Bow Group, March 2015
- James Barr The Bow Group: A History, London: Politico's, 2001.