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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 Events

Find out more about events in the archive.

Archive Digitisation Project

The Archive is currently carrying out digitisation work on the collection. 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

'Food For Talk' Dementia Resource

Quick Read

'Food For Talk' Dementia Resource

Use our printer-friendly downloadable PDF, containing key tools for self-led conversation / activity.

Take One Ingredient

Video Story

Take One Ingredient

Over the course of the last two years the Archive have been working on a joint outreach project concentrating on food, health and wellbeing with our partners Interference Art and Portland Basin Museum, supported by the Linbury Trust. Read about the project here.

Uniforms

Photo Story

Uniforms

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

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.

Begin journey

Learning & Activities

Resources
Resources

Resources

Find old fashioned packaging to colour in and other things to download

Food for Talk

Video Story

Food for Talk

A set of small films aimed at getting people talking about food memories

Harry's Story

Audio Story

Harry'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.

Our Sainsbury's Stories

Video Story

Our Sainsbury's Stories

In memory of Dino Adriano’s commitment to veteran Sainsbury’s staff, in collaboration with the Sainsbury Archive, interference-art were commissioned to produce a learning project that records and shares veterans’ stories, and prompts others to participate with the Archive website.

Your Memories

Your Memories

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

Explore memories