Archives

The Archives holds a wealth of fascinating institutional, personal archives and rare prints, dating from the 17th Century to the present day. The collections document the rich history of the College, and provide vital evidence for research in the arts, humanities and social science.
Image depicting Belgian refugees flight c.1914-1918

In June 2014, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Archives will be opening an exhibition on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library. The exhibition will explore the human experience of the war.  The Archives have opened a poll, to help determine the contents of the display.  All those who vote will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.  It only takes 5 minutes to vote. Click here to vote now.

Wounded soldier 1915, taken from an album presented to Lady Katherine Lyttelton.

Cataloguing of the archives of General Sir Neville Lyttelton is now underway, and many interesting items have already been uncovered. The archives include the family papers of the Lyttelton’s. It includes correspondence with eminent politicians such as Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone (1809-1898) and Sir Edward Grey (1862-1933), Foreign Secretary from 1905 to 1916.  Grey famously remarked at the outbreak of the First World War "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time". 

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The opening hours for the Archives Reading Room will be extended from 2014, to provide more opportunity to visit to consult the collections.  From 6th January 2014 the new opening hours will be:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm

The Archives Reading Room will be closed on Wednesdays.

An appointment is not necessary but users are advised to contact the archives in advance of their visit to discuss their research.

Student using computing facilities at Queen Mary College c.1970s
  • The first computer was installed in Queen Mary in 1968. To see the installation watch a film recorded to mark the occasion.
  • Queen Mary staff wrote software for the computer, as described in this article in the Computer Conservation Society Newsletter.
  • Queen Mary was a real leader in computer systems research at the time, and later hosted the first UK version of UNIX.
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The Archives has been awarded a grant from the Centre for Public Engagement for a collaborative project with the History Department to engage teachers and students from local secondary schools in the meanings of military service. The Project began in September 2013 and will be completed in July 2014.