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.
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: 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.

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).