29 Jul 2011
What do a vicar from Shropshire, a diabolo, a parrot and orange peel have in common? The answer is that all are found on the lists of claims paid by personal accident companies in the last decades of the 19th and the first decade of the 20th centuries.
16 Dec 2010
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the business that grew into one of our major constituent companies, General Accident.
11 Nov 2010
I have been working on gathering the information from staff magazines, board minute books, war memorials, staff registers and insurance industry magazines for the past two years and am now busy putting all the information in order and making sure I know as much as I possibly can about the men and women on the staff who were either killed, captured or decorated in the conflict.
27 Sep 2010
A few months ago I was investigating the Dublin agency of D C Roose in the early Norwich Union Life board minute books when I came across another name I recognised – Percy Bysshe Shelley.
08 Jul 2010
Following on from my last blog about women in the office I thought I would share a small selection of material from staff magazines dealing with the thorny relationship between typists and those who dictated to them.
31 Mar 2010
International Women’s Day at the start of this month and subsequent discussions relating to workplace diversity on our intranet forum set me thinking about the employment of women in the history of Aviva.
01 Feb 2010
A quick search of the internet reveals any number of collections of amusing insurance claims, indeed I have just read a few for research purposes and had to try very hard not to laugh out loud and disturb the researcher currently working in my office.
14 Dec 2009
I thought as the festive season approached that I would try to write a seasonal blog. I made a fruitless search for material relating to Christmas crackers and puddings and then came across some programmes and photographs relating to various staff plays and a blog loosely connected by the theme of pantomimes was born.
27 Aug 2009
In our three hundred year history Aviva companies have employed an enormous number of people. This month I’ve been digging around in the archive to find out about the rules that governed their working lives.
18 Feb 2009
Insurance for grocers against accidental ptomaine poisoning of their customers and for farmers for injuries to their livestock caused during castration - is there anything we haven't covered?