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.
Neville Lyttelton with wife Katherine and children c.1890

The catalogue of the archives of General Sir Neville Lyttelton (1845-1931), an officer in the British Army, is now available here. These family papers contain the correspondence of Neville Lyttelton, his wife Katherine and daughters Lucy, Hilda and Hermione to and from family and friends, including photographs and ephemera, dating from c.1782-1940.

User looking at a photograph album in the archivespubl

An archives survey has been launched to gather valuable feedback about the range of archives services provided to QMUL staff and students and external researchers.

If you have visited the Archives Reading Room before, or contacted the Archives via email, or used the archives resources on the website http://www.library.qmul.ac.uk/archives then the Archives would really like to hear from you.

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The Roll of Honour for the Great War 1914 to 1918, has now been digitised and is available to download here.  The document is the official college war record and lists the names of 73 former students who died in active service during the war.  As well as their date of death, the Roll of Honour includes biographical information such as, where they lived and what subjects they studied. For some of those who died there are even testimonials given by fellow students.

Katherine Lyttelton

In the history of women’s rights and education the case of Rukhmabai in India is a pertinent one. Rukhmabai was a child bride who later took her husband to court when her in-laws insisted she move into the marital home. It was a case that gained much attention in the British press during the 1880s, bringing the issue of child marriage and the rights of women to the fore. Several letters both from and about Rukhmabai are held here in the Lyttleton collection of Queen Mary’s archives.

'The long and winding way' by Percy Smith

An exhibition by Percy Smith, featuring his famous series, 'The Dance of Death', is now available to view on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library.  'The Dance of Death' series depicts the horror and futility of war, and was sketched by Percy during his time on the front line between 1916 and 1919.