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.
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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. 

Women Workers Poem Page 1 of 2

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.