Our history

About the Archive

We are Aviva’s corporate memory, representing a unique and irreplaceable heritage.

The Aviva Group Archive was established in 2000 with the merger of CGU and Norwich Union. The collection is composed of the records of these companies and their historical constituents, reflecting Aviva's on-going history.

Our oldest constituent, the Hand-in-Hand Fire Office, was established in 1696 and the Archive’s holdings date from this period onwards.

It has been described by the author and historian Edwin Green as "the most important insurance industry archive in the United Kingdom".

Employers' Liability postcard, c. 1910
Employers' Liability postcard, c. 1910

What’s in the collection?

The collection includes statutory and other records of on-going value to the business and those of historical value. For example: board papers, company minutes, and old advertising. For more information, please refer to the links below, or get in touch.

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Norwich Union postcard featuring Surrey House, c. 1915
Norwich Union postcard feat. Surrey House, c. 1915

If you have any questions relating to the Archive, please contact us using the details below. The Archive is based in Surrey House, Norwich. View a map of our location here. Access is by prior appointment and subject to the terms and conditions of our Access Policy.

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Discovery | Explore our catalogue on The National Archives' Discovery service.

Historypin | Uncover hidden gems from our photograph collection on historypin.

Medium | Read the Archive blog on Medium and unearth some fascinating stories from our past.

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The National Archives

Explore our catalogue on The National Archives' Discovery service.

Historypin

Uncover hidden gems from our photograph collection on historypin.

Medium

Read the Archive blog on Medium and unearth some fascinating stories from our past.