14 Aug 2018
Less than a month after the outbreak of the First World War, Joseph Marius Chazalette was killed in action. Chazalette had previously worked for L'Abeille Compagnie d'assurances, an Aviva constituent company, and his death marks the first of many former employees who lost their lives in the conflict. Their names are recorded here, in remembrance, on the hundredth anniversary of their death.
24 Jul 2018
Two hundred years ago today a meeting took place at the George and Vulture, an inn off Lombard Street in London. The attendees described themselves as "sufferers from insurance effected with the Norwich Union". They discussed their treatment by the London agent and their concerns about how the business was being run, and precipitated a series of events which culminated in the removal of the founder, Thomas Bignold, from the employment of the societies. That meeting, and the events which followed, were a pivotal period in the history of Aviva. It is a tale of competition, corporate intrigue, violence, and abandoned family loyalties; so of course I had to share it.
10 Jul 2018
To mark the flypast and parade today celebrating the 100th anniversary of the RAF I have put together some stories from the Archive. If you would like to find out about some of our staff who flew with the RAF, including air aces, Battle of Britain pilots, and a man who took part in the great escape, then read on.
05 Jul 2018
To mark the occasion of England getting to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, here is a selection of football-themed stories from the Archive. So, if you want to learn about our insurance of football clubs, discover how much you could claim for a football injury in 1878, or find out who was England's Harry Kane equivalent in 1914 then read on...
02 Jun 2018
It is 65 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II so I thought I would take a quick look in the archive and see how our companies marked the event.
Aviva's constituent companies have been providing insurance for UK motorists for more than 120 years. This blog is a chance to share some of our favourite motor related stories and images from the archive collection. Read on to find out about our role in the history of motor insurance, discover famous customers, and hear tales of claims involving cows, turnips and elephants.
21 Dec 2017
An insurance inspector's chance encounter with Father Christmas, late one Christmas Eve.
Posted by: Thomas Barnes
18 Dec 2017
The countdown to Christmas is well under way so it must be time for another seasonally-themed blog from the archive!
18 Jul 2017
Stories with a tenuous link to Jane Austen
05 Jan 2017
Tom and I thought we’d use the festive period as an excuse to share some images and stories from the archive (very) loosely connected to the twelve days of Christmas. It was actually much harder than we thought – there are a lot of birds in the song and not many in the archive but we’ve done our best...