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.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Snooks and staff at Mayfield House Laundry, 1993

An exhibition and a programme of free events have been put together by Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives to mark the 50th anniversary of the local authority.

The exhibition #50TH: Half a century of Tower Hamlets is open now and runs until the 6th August 2015. It features the collections held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives to commemorate the anniversary of the contemporary borough.  

The free events run until the 4th July including guided walks and tours of historic local places.

Drawing of the proposed People's Palace from inside a fundraising circular, 1886

Come and see the latest Archive exhibition, The People's Palace: Past and Present. Archives exhibitions are located on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library, next to the Archives Reading Room. If you are unable to visit the exhibition in person then you can view Archives exhibitions online in the Archives Galleries.

Francis Grenfell and Riversdale Grenfell c.1900

Cataloguing of the Grenfell family archives is underway at Queen Mary Archives. This aristocratic family has a long and interesting history. Connected by marriage to the recently catalogued Lyttelton family collection, this collection of correspondence and photographs focuses on the lives of Arthur Morton Grenfell, his wife Hilda Lyttelton, and their families from the 1870s to 1950s.

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The QMUL Archives are now on History Pin, and Flickr. Take a look …

Highlights from the Westfield College, People’s Palace and private paper collections are now on History Pin: https://www.historypin.org/channels/view/63624/#!photos/list/

History Pin is ‘a global community collaborating around history’, sharing the history of the places that matter to them through photographs and other documents and audio-visual content.

Queen's Hall 1890

A new exhibition, The People's Palace - Past and Present is now available to view on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library.

The origins of Queen Mary can be traced back to 1886 when the Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone of the People’s Palace Queen’s Hall.

In 1886 Edmund Hay Currie, in an appeal for funds published in the Times, described the proposed People’s Palace: