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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Due to temporary staff shortage and essential maintenance work, during August and September 2016 the Archives Reading Room will be open by prior appointment only. Appointments can be booked in advance on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, between 10am-1pm, or 2pm-4.30pm, by emailing or by telephone 020 7882 3873. We apologise to users for this temporary inconvenience.  

Day class at the People's Palace 1905

“The possibility of revolutionary inventions should always be kept in mind”

Albert Thurston 1919

Science and Engineering in the Archives is now open on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library. The exhibition explores the history of science and engineering at QMUL, with displays highlighting:

Practical instruction at the People’s Palace Technical Schools

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.