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.
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.

Drawing of a field telephonist 1917

A special exhibition is now open in the Mile End Library to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One in 1914. The exhibition by the Archives, explores the human experience of the First World War.

It is also available to view online, in the Archives Galleries:

Extract from NevilKatherine, 25th May 1910le Lyttelton's letter to his wife

It was an active year for comets in 1910. Not only was there the predicted return of Halley’s Comet in April, but there was also the surprise appearance several months before of the Great January Comet (also known as the Daylight Comet).

Photo postcard (depicting King Albert I of Belgium) from Princess Clementine of

Katherine Lyttelton, wife of General Sir Neville Lyttelton, was heavily involved in helping the Belgian refugees during the First World War. Numerous letters and other documents can be found here in the archives which show the many ways she aided the refugees.

Katherine actively took part in many committees that helped to find work and homes for the refugees in England and she assisted in fundraising to send supplies out to those still in Belgium.

Neville Lyttelton with wife Katherine and children Hilda, Lucy and Hermione at S

Cataloguing the many thousands of letters in the Lyttelton family archive is underway in the Archives.

Already, only a couple of months into the project, some very interesting letters have been uncovered. The Lyttelton family had lots of connections to well-known people. As the collection spans from the 1860s to the 1940s, it shows the impact of many historical events on one family. Over the coming months the Archives will be highlighting some of the intriguing and interesting stories that have been found whilst undertaking this cataloguing project.