Our archive

Surrey House

The Aviva archive is situated in Surrey House, in the centre of Norwich. Surrey House was built as the headquarters for Norwich Union, opening in 1905 and is still a working office today. It was designed by local architect George Skipper and boasts a grand marble entrance hall, decked out in marble originally destined for Westminster Cathedral. Surrey House is recognised as one of the twelve major heritage buildings in Norwich. Details about its history are featured on the Norwich 12 website.

Surrey House was refurbished in 2006. The marble hall has once again taken centre stage as the main entrance to Aviva’s office complex.

The Marble Hall main reception area is accessible to visitors during office hours and tours can be arranged for groups by calling 01603 681062 or 01603 681063.

Visiting the archive

Visits to the archive are by pre-arranged appointment only. To book an appointment, please contact our Group Archivist.

Read more about our access policy.

Surrey House’s location in the centre of Norwich makes it easily accessible using public transport. Norwich bus station is very close by, with local and national bus services, park and ride, and links to the train station. Parking is very limited and only available to disabled badge holders or by prior arrangement. Please ask about this when arranging your visit.