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Unilever Art, Archives and Records Management

The custodians of Unilever’s history and heritage

Lifebuoy boy 1900

Located in Port Sunlight, the historic home of Unilever in the UK, the Unilever Art, Archives and Records Management team look after one of the most important collections of business records in the world.

The team are responsible for the collection and management of Unilever’s archives which span several centuries – in fact, our oldest document dates from 1292.

The collections contain original documents, printed sources, images and films, for example, we hold the first advert that was ever aired on television for S. R Gibbs toothpaste.

There are minute books reporting on company board meetings, financial records, a wealth of advertising and examples of packaging, as well as architectural plans and maps of current and former Unilever sites.

Well-known brands, such as Colman’s, Wall’s, Lipton, Persil, Pears Soap, Lux, PG Tips and Marmite, all feature.

To discover more about our rich history, browse our interactive timeline.

Access our collections

If you need to access specific records, collections or information from Unilever’s history, consider the list below and follow the instructions provided.

Please note we are unable to accommodate any research visits until after 17th September 2018 due to office renovations. Any bookings made from 17th September will be subject to the completion of the renovations.

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