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Online events

Join us from the comfort of your own home for a series of free online events to learn about the history of Sainsburys.

 

23rd February 13:00-13:30 - Home Delivery

We take a look at the suprisingly long history of home delivered groceries

Free Tickets available here

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SA/BRA/7/B/38/4/1 Image of 55 London Road, Brighton branch delivery van

 

26th April 13:00-13:30 - Wartime Trading

A look at the changes shops had to make to trade in wartime

Free Tickets available soon

SA/WAR/2/IMA/1/8 - Photograph of customer with ration book being served with eggs
SA/WAR/2/IMA/1/8 - Photograph of customer with ration book being served with eggs

 

28th June 13:00-13:30 - SavaCentre

We chart the history of Sainsbury's answer to the hypermarket

Free Tickets available soon

SA/SUB/SBHS/A-Z/E/IMA/1/1 - Photograph of interior of Cameron Toll, Edinburgh Savacentre store (entrance area)
SA/SUB/SBHS/A-Z/E/IMA/1/1 - Photograph of interior of Cameron Toll, Edinburgh Savacentre store (entr

 

In person events

Come see us for these drop in sessions at the Sainsbury Study Centre in the Museum of London Docklands.

 

27th March 13:30-15:30 - Women at Sainsbury's

Sainsbury Study Centre, Museum of London Docklands

A display looking at the history of women at Sainsbury's

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SA/DES/39/235 "Women there's a job to suit you at.. J Sainsbury" ('Cent.' version) flyer
 

 

31st May 13:30-15:30 - Store design

Sainsbury Study Centre, Museum of London Docklands

A display looking at the changes in the style and design of Sainsbury's shops

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SA/BRA/7/C/13/1/1 Image of the interior of 90 High Street, Chelmsford branch with staff
 

 

If you are interested in a specific subject and would like the archive to give a talk to your group online or in person, get in touch with the archive on sainsburyarchive@museumoflondon.org.uk

 

Past Events

Watch recordings of our past online events:

 

The History of Tea at Sainsbury's

A quick delve into the history of tea at Sainsburys

Watch here

SA/PKC/PRO/1/11/2/3/2/1 - Sainsbury's Red Label Tea packaging, 1960s-1980s
SA/PKC/PRO/1/11/2/3/2/1 - Sainsbury's Red Label Tea packaging, 1960s-1980s

 

Family History in the Sainsbury Archive

An introduction to family history in our collection, including what material we hold and where to start a search.

Watch here

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SA/EMP/2/18/1 A page from a staff register

 

The History of Homebase

We look at the history of DIY and home improvement through the story of Homebase.

Watch here

SA/SUB/SGB/A-Z/C/IMA/8/2 - Photograph of Croydon Homebase c. 1981 (outdoor plant section)
SA/SUB/SGB/A-Z/C/IMA/8/2 - Photograph of Croydon Homebase c. 1981 (outdoor plant section)

 

Art and Architecture at Sainsbury's

We take a look at the sculpture, art and murals commissioned for Sainsburys, as part of the architecture of the shops.

Watch here

SA/BRA/7/C/31/2/33, Image of Henry and Joyce Collins next to mural at 8/13 Kingsway Precinct (later
SA/BRA/7/C/31/2/33, Image of Henry and Joyce Collins next to mural at 8/13 Kingsway Precinct (later

 

The History of Advertising at Sainsbury's

Explore the history of Advertising at Sainsburys, from print, to TV - including *those* adverts of Jamie Oliver

Watch here

SA/MARK/ADV/5/1/1 ''Be in the fashion! Shop at J. Sainsbury's" advertising artwork
SA/MARK/ADV/5/1/1 ''Be in the fashion! Shop at J. Sainsbury's" advertising artwork
 

 

The History of Packaging at Sainsbury's

Find out about the evolution of packaging at Sainsbury's, including some of our favourite 'Own Label' design highlights

Watch here

SA/PKC/PRO/1/15/2/8/2 - Sainsbury's All Fish Cat Food 14½oz 411g label, 1976
SA/PKC/PRO/1/15/2/8/2 - Sainsbury's All Fish Cat Food 14½oz 411g label, 1976

 

Christmas at Sainsbury's

Learn about the history of Christmas shopping trends

Watch here

SA/PKC/PRO/1/10/2/4/17/1 Sainsbury's Brussels Sprouts (5 oz 1/2) packaging
SA/PKC/PRO/1/10/2/4/17/1 Sainsbury's Brussels Sprouts (5 oz 1/2) packaging

 

The History of Sainsbury's

Find out about 150 years of history of one of Britain's largest supermarket chains.

Watch here

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SA/BRA/7/C/13/1/1 Image of the interior of 90 High Street, Chelmsford branch with staff