About the Journal
Since December 1946, Sainsbury’s in-house magazine JS Journal (now The Journal) has presented news about aspects of the business, including:
- the development of stores and their localities
- product range, production and suppliers
- new retailing methods such as self-service shopping and checkout scanning
- employee news, sports and social activities
It is a key source for academics, students, local and family historians and anyone interested in the history of Sainsbury’s, food and shopping.
Over the years the Journal has been published at monthly, bimonthly and other irregular intervals, and in various formats and sizes. It has been published in full colour since 1986. Most articles are illustrated with drawings (including many by the artist James Boswell, who edited the Journal from 1951 to 1971) or photographs (including during the 1960s and early 1970s by Boswell’s son-in-law, the noted portrait photographer Brian Shuel). The JS Journal online archive also includes various supplements which accompanied the Journal from the 1970s onwards.