Partners and the public can view photos, business documents, objects such as the only surviving piece from the bombing of the John Lewis Oxford Street store during the Second World War, and back issues of the UK’s longest-standing internal magazine – the Gazette – which celebrated its centenary in 2018. A vast 30,000 piece textile collection dating back to 1799, which even includes Queen Victoria’s bonnet and fabric we supplied for the Titanic is also on display.
The collection is regularly used today for inspiration and as a design resource for our in-house creative teams and we constantly collect records of future historic importance for our archive. If you have any records or treasures that relate to the John Lewis Partnership then please get in touch as we welcome donations.
The Heritage Centre is open to the public on Saturdays 10am - 4pm and to Partners, retired Partners and their guests on Thursdays from 10am - 6pm. Visitors can park in The Grove car park, Odney Lane, with the centre located at the end of Odney Lane, over the bridge in Grove Farm field.
The Heritage Centre is currently closed to visitors due to Covid-19. We do not currently have a date for reopening but this will be revised in line with current guidance and restrictions. Any updates regarding reopening will be posted to this page.
INFORMATION FOR VISITORS TO THE HERITAGE CENTRE
The Heritage Services team are committed to keeping all visitors to the centre safe during these unsettling times of change.
Whilst not mandatory please help us to keep our Partners, volunteers and other visitors safe by;
- Scanning the NHS test and trace QR code OR signing in upon entry
- Wearing a mask when moving around the centre (unless exempt)
- Sanitising your hands when directed to do so
- Maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other people
- Waiting outside if requested to do so by a member of the team to ensure there are not too many people in the building
- Not entering the Centre if you are displaying covid symptoms, have tested positive or have been asked to isolate. We will be pleased to see you again when these have passed.