About the Sainsbury Archive

The Sainsbury Archive is a unique collection of documents, objects, photographs and other material charting the development of the well-known supermarket chain from its foundation in 1869 to the present.

In 2003 the Sainsbury Archive was created as an independent charitable trust. The archive is on long-term loan to the Museum of London Docklands, where collection highlights are on display and research access is available via the Sainsbury Study Centre.

More than 19,000 catalogue descriptions and 2000 digital images can now also be accessed via the online catalogue (external link).
The catalogue also includes a directory of key biographical information for the people and places with links to Sainsbury’s, including details of historical store locations.

To explore more of Sainsbury’s history online, visit the Archive’s website Story of a Supermarket.