Photo gallery: Colman’s pictures from the Unilever archive as the business celebrates 200 years in Norwich

09:51 12 August 2014


Colman's factory street scene. Picture: UNILEVER ARCHIVE


These wonderful pictures come from the archives of Unilever – the company which now owns the famous Norwich brand Colman’s Mustard.

From images of employees at the famous Carrow Works, to pictures charting its philanthropic endeavours including its schools, kitchen and health and welfare services, these pictures give us an insight into the long history of this Norwich which celebrates 200 years in the city this year.

Mustard magnate Jeremiah Colman, who was born in 1777, started his business at the age of 37 when he purchased a mustard and flour mill in Stoke Holy Cross.

The entrepreneur took his adopted nephew James into partnership, and offered a range of opportunities for workers, including schooling for their children or young employees, a clothing club and leisure activities.

A number of these images were published in a booklet compiled by Unilever.

The archives of J & J Colman, which now sit at Unilever’s headquarters in Port Sunlight, on Merseyside, also include company magazines, such as Carrow Works, charting births, marriages, appointments and deaths, letter books and business correspondence recording all manner of business from 1840 to the 1940s and thousands of deeds and maps relating to company property throughout the UK.

They were awarded designation status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, to recognise the global significance of the company, and its predecessor companies.

See tomorrow’s paper for the iconic images of the famous Colman’s advertising campaigns.

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