Showing posts for Interesting stories.
15 Apr 2019
The Corsbie family worked for Norwich Union for five generations. This blog shows the evidence they left behind in the archive and shares some of the details of their 138 years of family service, including a long lost Easter tradition.
Following on from the story of Leslie Long in the Great Escape, Aviva's Chairman, Sir Adrian Montague, wrote this blog for staff to share his experiences of attending the memorial events in Poznan and Zagan.
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.
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.
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...
The third and final blog in a series of three relating to our new digital archive installations at St Helen's. Discover within stories of famous customers, staff, and directors, as well as those of less reputable esteem!
The second of three blogs highlighting new interactive displays installed at our headquarters in London.