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.
'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. 

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With so many men sent out to the front line during the First World War (1914-1918) the role of women on the home front became very important.

The women of the Lyttelton family got involved in many charities and projects. Katherine Lyttelton supported and aided the Belgian refugees, helping to house and find work for them, as part of the Chelsea War Refugees’ Fund. She also aided the collection of funds and supplies for those still in Belgium. In a letter from 1918, she was awarded the Queen Elisabeth Medal by the King of Belgium for her services to the refugees.

A letter from Arthur W. Lacey to Katherine Lyttelton 8th Feb 1900

The Lyttelton collection held here in Queen Mary’s archives shows that it was not only General Sir Neville Lyttelton and his wife Katherine who got involved in philanthropic projects. The desire to help others and get involved in society ran in the family. Katherine Lyttelton’s mother, Jane Stuart-Wortley was involved in numerous ventures to help others. One of these projects was the East London Nursing Society (ELNS).

The ELNS was established to provide trained nurses to care for the Sick Poor in their own homes in East London.

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The Meanings of Military Service website is now available online: www.meaningsofservice1914.qmul.ac.uk The website has been launched to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in August 2014. 

Portrait of Katherine Lyttelton

An interesting letter has been found whilst cataloguing the Lyttelton family collection, from Katherine Lyttelton to her husband General Sir Neville Lyttelton about women’s cricket.