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About The Sainsbury Archive

About The Sainsbury Archive

The Sainsbury Archive is a unique collection of documents, objects, photographs and film charting the growth of a family business into the supermarket chain that we know today. Material in the Archive tracks the foundation of Sainsbury’s in 1869 to its present day activities, and covers business and retail history; shopping and eating habits; architecture and urban development; and advertising, packaging and product design.

The Sainsbury Archive is an independent charitable trust and since 2005 has been held at the Museum of London Docklands, near Canary Wharf in London. Visit the Archive to see materials in the collection and to carry out research at the Sainsbury Study Centre. Research visits are available by appointment.

About The Living Archive

The Sainsbury’s Living 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.

The Living Archive will be growing all the time, so check back often for new stories and additions to the site. To get started, simply select a Category from the site menu and begin exploring the content within.

All site content is © The Sainsbury Archive, Museum of London Docklands.

Sainsbury Archive Opening Times

Monday - Sunday: 10am – 6pm
(Closed 24-26 December; Archive closed 23 Dec 2013 – 3 January 2014).
Galleries begin to close at 5.40pm.

The collection is open on Thursdays for research purposes by appointment via the Sainsbury Study Centre at the Museum of London Docklands.


The Sainsbury Archive,
Museum of London Docklands,
No. 1 Warehouse,
West India Quay, London,
E14 4AL

Tel: (+44) (0)20 7001 9844
Email: Email Sainsbury Archive
Web: Visit Sainsbury Archive online