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Fairy Tale Tea Cards

At the beginning of the 20th century Sainsbury’s gave out collectible cards to promote its new range of teas. Find out more about this colourful and charming part of our collection.

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Christmas Pudding

Christmas lunch isn't over until we've had at least one serving of the stodgy, spiced pudding, laden with butter and suet, that is Christmas pudding - our favourite festive dessert. But how much do we know about it and how has the recipe changed over time?

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Orderline

Internet shopping from 1999

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Household Goods

Nowadays Sainsbury’s sells lots of non-food products but for much of its history it focussed almost exclusively on groceries. The earliest exceptions were 'household goods', an offering which has changed significantly over time.

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Self-Service

Sainsbury's were a leader in the development of self-service supermarkets in Britain after the Second World War.

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Butter and margarine

Butter was one of just three products sold in the first Sainsbury's store, and remained a key product during Sainsbury's development into a national chain. We look here at the history of butter, margarine and spreads at Sainsbury's.

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Our Sainsbury's Stories

Films created by interference-art

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Easter Advertising

Egg-xamine archive material showing how Easter at Sainsbury’s has changed over the last hundred years.

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Art at Sainsbury's

Many branches have included public artworks as a prominent feature in their design, from murals and mosaics to concrete hippos. Discover more and see images of them here.

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A Brief History of Wine

Sainsbury’s began selling own-brand wines in the 1960s. Enjoy a few digitised items from our collection charting the rise of this important department.

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We're Gonna Party Like it's 1979

It’s party time at Sainsbury Archive

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Tastes better than it looks?

A look back at some unappetising finds

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A History of Innovation

Sainsbury’s has always had a flair for innovation, right from the day the first store opened.

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Evolution of Packaging

The early range of fresh provisions sold by Sainsbury’s was weighed and wrapped individually, and any packaging was simple.

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Happy Birthday Sainsbury's

We look back at the 150 year history of one of Britain's biggest retail firms.

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Store Highlight: Croydon

Description of first suburban shop in Croydon and all the amazing innovations it went through over the years.

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Harry's Story

Welcome to Harry Webb's story. This on-line audio book describes through pictures a typical day in the life of a delivery boy working for Sainsbury's in 1912.

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Store Highlight: 173 Drury Lane

A description of what it was like to shop in Sainsbury's first branch and the changes it went through before closing its doors for the last time in 1958

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Christmas Display

In the weeks before Christmas, the old-style counter service branches would have window displays of seasonal products like mincemeat, Christmas puds and dried fruit. Poultry and ham displays at Sainsbury’s were famous. Enjoy this festive read from everyone at the Sainsbury archive.

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Shopping Day

Twenty-four hours at Sainsbury's in 1963