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Archive

The GUINNESS® Archive was formally established in 1998 when the Company employed its first professional archivist to curate the Company's history. The Archive is open by appointment Monday - Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm.

Based in GUINNESS STOREHOUSE®, the doors of the Archive were opened in December 2000, and maintain to this day the unique position of being the only corporate archive in Ireland open to the public.

The Archive collects preserves and makes accessible records and artefacts from the formation of the Company in 1759 to the present day. The Archive, a treasure chest of Guinness history, is the source for information on all aspects of the history of Guinness, focusing especially on the work and life of the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin.

Secure conditions and correct environmental controls ensure the preservation of a range of material. This includes advertising and memorabilia collections, an extensive range of photographs, documentary material, including employee records, microfiche copies of plans and drawings and an extensive range of photographs and video footage.

Highlights of the Guinness Archive include:

  • Over 7,500 linear metres of records
  • Over 2,500 press and poster advertising
  • The original 9000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness on St. James's Gate Brewery
  • Original brewing ledgers
  • 20,000 employee files
  • The Archive answers 12,000 historical enquiries annually from all over the world
  • The oldest artefacts in the collection are barley grains from Tutankhamun's Tomb - nearly 3,500 old

The Archive is used by GUINNESS® marketing communities around the world, economic and brewing historians, collectors, family history researchers and anyone with an interest in the Guinness Company and brand.

Contact the Archivist

If you have a query in relation to any of the following, please click below to fill out our enquiry form and we will do our best to help with your questions.

  • GUINNESS® memorabilia, bottles and labels
  • GUINNESS® Advertising
  • General GUINNESS® Company history
  • GUINNESS STOREHOUSE®

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Archive Collections

The Guinness Archive, a treasure chest of Guinness history, is the source for information on all aspects of the history of Guinness, focussing especially on the work and life of the St. James's Gate Brewery. The following descriptions provide an example of the collections held at the Archive.

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