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The Sainsbury Archive is the online home for the heart of our heritage, representing the past, present and helping to shape the story of our future. It tells the Sainsbury's story, allowing users to engage and interact with digitised pieces of our history.

About the archive

The Sainsbury Archive is an independent charity and has been held at the Museum of London, Docklands since 2005. Visit the Archive to see materials in the collection and to carry out research at the Sainsbury Study Centre.

Archive Digitisation Project

Over the next year the archive is carrying out a large scale digitisation project to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary. We are hoping to publish approximately 90,000 images on the website over this period - please come back regularly to see our newly uploaded content.

Our Stories

The Story of Savacentre

Long Read

The Story of Savacentre

A look back at a chain of pioneering hypermarkets which sold Sainsbury’s food and much more besides.

Uniforms

Photo Story

Uniforms

We take a look at some of the former Sainsbury's uniforms

Store Highlight: Guildford

Quick Read

Store Highlight: Guildford

On 16th November 1906, Sainsbury's opened its store at 148 Guildford High Street.

Shopping Day

Video Story

Shopping Day

A 24 hour look at Sainsbury's in 1963

Discover Branches

1869-2017

Search for your local branch on our map of shops, past and present.

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Your Memories

Your Memories

Add to the archive by sharing your memories of shopping or working at a Sainsbury's branch.

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