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Beecham Research Laboratories team at Brockham Park, UK, 1960s

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.

Jill Moretto, Heritage Archivist, GSK


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.  

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Jill Moretto is one of our heritage archivists

Meet Jill

Jill Moretto is one of our heritage archivists who lo­­­oks after thousands of items collected throughout GSK’s 300 year history

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