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.
Queen Mary Player’s production of Macbeth, 1992-1993.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare’s death (baptised 26 April 1564, died 23 April 1616). His works have captured hearts globally, with his plays translated into over 100 languages. To mark the anniversary, commemorative events are taking place across London and the UK during 2016, including exhibitions, screenings, performances, conferences, talks and new publications.

Belgian refugee family acquainted with the Lyttelton family, c.1914-1918.

QMUL alongside UCL are hosting the conference Beyond Flanders Fields: The Great War in Belgium and the Netherlands from Saturday 4th June - Sunday 5th June. This conference explores the First World War in Belgium and the Netherlands and papers will be presented including Belgian refugees in Britain during the First World War.

Francis Octavius Grenfell, c.1914

The catalogue of the Grenfell family archives (1800s-1962) is now available here. These family papers contain the correspondence of Hilda Grenfell (1886-1972), a daughter of the Lyttelton family, and her husband Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Grenfell (1873-1958) with family members and friends.

Photograph of women protesting, published in Cub magazine

In October 1974 Lyn Millington-Wallace, a second year economics student, proposed starting a women’s group at the college to campaign against sexism, and invited interested students to get in touch. A women’s group was founded in January 1975 ­­– the same year the British Government passed The Sex Discrimination Act, to protect men and women from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status, and during what was designated ‘International Women’s Year’ by the UN.

Lucy Masterman (nee Lyttelton), c.1908.

Blog number three in our Women’s History Month series looks at Lucy Masterman (1884-1977), a poet and Liberal Party politician.

Women today make up almost a quarter of the House of Commons and a fifth of the House of Lords but a century ago there were no female politicians in the houses of parliament at all. It was in 1919 that the first woman, Nancy Astor, took her seat in the House of Commons but would take until 1958 for a woman to be appointed to the House of Lords.