GSK heritage archives
GSK is the oldest extant pharmaceutical company based in the UK, tracing its history back to London’s Plough Court pharmacy in 1715. Our heritage archives document the contribution we and our legacy companies have made to global healthcare and our impact on science, industry, culture and the community.
About the archives
Our collections are housed at two sites, one in London, UK, and one in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, US. The two GSK heritage archives hold approximately 370 linear metres of material relating to our primary legacy companies and many smaller subsidiaries. These include Burroughs Wellcome/Wellcome Foundation, Glaxo, Allen & Hanburys, and SmithKline Beecham, as well as the present GSK. These records include information about products and brands, business and financial documents, and facilities, from 1747 to present.
When you combine the amount of historical materials within our two bases it adds up to 370 metres, nearly the height of the Empire State Building.
The GSK heritage archives are primarily for internal use, however researchers and research requests from outside the company may be accommodated. Requests for access to the archives or information contained in the collections will be considered on an individual basis.
Contact our archivists by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore our history timeline
It began when Plough Court Pharmacy was established in 1715. Discover GSK's journey that led to the organisation we know today
Innovative entrepreneurs: 1715 – 1891
The early history of GSK: how a range of entrepreneurs built the foundations of the GSK we know today.
Building brands: 1919 – 1949
An era of landmark scientific breakthroughs, building brand portfolios and product consolidation.
Creating the GSK of today: 1950 – 1999
An exciting period of discovery: we developed the first treatment for HIV, enhanced our consumer brands and developed new treatments for asthma.