Our rich and fascinating history dates back three centuries. When Sun Fire Insurance was originally founded in 1710, Queen Anne sat on the throne. English troops marched in to occupy Nova Scotia and copyright law was first established. RSA became a leading insurer, from the 18th-Century enlightenment to the scientific findings of the 19th and 20th centuries. Our extensive records, now stored in underground archives, have also made RSA a key witness to major historical events.
These diligently created records show the changing face of our communities and culture. We aim to create a portal for reflection and understanding of the impact of insurance on all our lives. Here, we showcase a tiny fraction of the records we hold and we’re excited to unearth more hidden gems.
Take a walk-through time to explore historic events and to celebrate the achievements of past RSA workers. We have articles, artefacts and intriguing photographs from a bygone age. Your story can become part of RSA today.
Unearthed! A fascinating glimpse from our historic archives
Honouring fallen RSA colleagues at the National Memorial Arboretum
24 April 2023
RSA unveils memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum where our colleagues attended a service of dedication.
Unlocking RSA’s past for the future
27 June 2023
Tracey Fisher, Archive and Historic Records Director, shares her thoughts on RSA’s fascinating 300 year history, and how her experience at RSA has led her to such a unique new role looking after RSA’s archives.
Celebrating Black History Month: Ignatius and Ann Sancho’s legacy unearthed from RSA Archives
12 October 2023
By Anshuman Bhalla, Risk Manager and member of REACH employee resource group.
Some fast facts about RSA. Did you know?
We were the first to sell contents insurance
Charles Darwin had a policy with us
Insurance has a way of touching people's lives in unexpected ways and connects us with our past. Did you know we insured Charles Darwin's home, Down House in Kent in 1844.
We are proud of our British roots
We insured the British Olympic team in 1984 when they represented us at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.
We have links with the Titanic
With our links in marine insurance, we insured the dockyards in Belfast where the Titanic was built. The ship was a feat of engineering and is one of the most famous, tragically, sinking in 1912 on its maiden voyage.
Help to rebuild
RSA helped to rebuild port facilities at Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike in 2008. Also, in 2009, we took part in the reconstruction of the Italian city of L’Aquila following an earthquake.