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Unilever Archives and Records Management

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

About the Unilever Archive

Unilever Archives and Records Management

The high standard of the archive has been recognised by The National Archives (TNA), and the archives have been recognised as being of international significance through the award of ‘Designated Status’ by the Arts Council England for both the Unilever and United Africa Company collections.

What the archive holds

The team are responsible for the collection and management of Unilever’s archives which span several centuries – in fact, our oldest document dates from 1295.

The archives contain original documents, printed sources, images and films. Well-known companies, such as Colman’s, Wall’s and Lipton, as well as brands such as Persil, Pears Soap, Lux, PG Tips and Marmite, all feature.

There are minute books, financial records, a wealth of advertising and examples of packaging, as well as architectural plans and maps – and much more.

Family history

People looking for genealogical sources will find good runs of in-house magazines, many of which carry information about employees, such as long-service awards, marriages and obituaries.

In its early years, Lever Brothers ran a Co-partnership Scheme which gave employees and their dependants a share of the company profits, and there are detailed card indexes to those in the scheme. Unfortunately, records of staff for many of the smaller subsidiary companies have not survived.

How to contact the archive

The team are happy to answer your questions. To find out more about our important archive collections, what historical records we hold and how you can use them, you can contact the archive in a number of ways:

By telephone from the UK – 0151 641 4551

By telephone from overseas – +44 151 641 4551

By email:

By post: Unilever Archives and Records Management-Port Sunlight, Unilever R&D, Quarry Road East, Bebington, Wirral. CH63 3JW

Search our online Catalogue: Unilever-Archives


If you would like to use the archives for research, there is a search room and library in the team office in Port Sunlight. Please note that visits are by appointment only between 10.00 and 16.00 Monday to Friday (excluding bank and public holidays) and are dependent on staff being available to assist.

To request an appointment for research at the archives please complete the Request Form below and email to the team:

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