Our heritage

We can trace our heritage back to 1696. Our business began in an age of highwaymen but is as relevant to customers today as it was then.

The Aviva Group Archive is acknowledged as the most important insurance industry archive in the United Kingdom.  

Ocean clerks 1913
Ocean clerks working in Southwark in 1913

It documents our 300+ years of history, with records for more than 750 of the companies that have contributed to our heritage.

For over three hundred years our ancestor companies have adapted to keep responding to our customers’ needs, just as we strive to do today.

Visit our archive website  to discover more about the history of Aviva.  You can also contact the archive team if you have questions or want to know more about the items in our collection.

Our heritage videos