The Woolworths Museum

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Five views of Woolies in Woodcote Road, Wallington stretching from 1934 to 2007. After 74 years of profitable trading, today it's an Iceland frozen food store.


Woolworths stores were proud of their heritage, bringing good quality products to five generations of Britons at value-for-money prices. The founder, Frank Winfield Woolworth, pioneered a retail revolution as the first shopkeeper to see the potential of factory mass-production and the first to make everyone rich and poor welcome in his stores. It was a tradition that went on to sustain 815 shops into a 100th year of trading at the heart of the High Street, and provided employment for more than a million people over the same period.

The Woolworths Museum has an extensive archive of pictures, film and gramophone records showing every aspect of trading over much of that time, including shoppers, staff, products, displays, High Streets, shopfronts and advertising. Customers and colleagues, products and press advertising, shop fronts and salesfloors. Many are original plates and available in full print or broadcast resolution. We also have a collection of products, including sheet music, records and videos, china and glass, toys and games. Some of these are on-line. We are always happy to partner with organisations wanting to celebrate Woolworths' hundred years of value in the High Street, and to help producers to deliver a touch of extra authenticity stage, film or television shows.


Example press stories developed in collaboration with national and local newspapers. (Courtesy Express Newspapers Ltd and The Croyon Advertiser)

We have extensive experience of working with producers and journalists to develop storylines and to provide targeted content. Projects have included work with BBC tv and radio, ITN, and leading US broadcasters and production houses, as well as work with the National Theatre, magazines and newspapers.

Some of the pictures in the Virtual Museum are protected by third-party copyrights or acknowledgements, with the remainder copyright to 3D and 6D Pictures Ltd. We can advise you about this if you contact us. Please note that No picture on this website is released for publication, broadcast or commercial use without our express, written agreement.

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