Arranging Your Visit

The Archives provides access to the collections in accordance with the Archives Access Policy (download PDF file). A summary of the policy is also available (download PDF).

The Archives Service Level Agreements are available here (download PDF).

Archives Reading Room

The collections in the Archives are available for consultation in a dedicated Archives Reading Room, located on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library.

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm. Closed 1pm-2pm for lunch.

The Archives Reading Room will be closed all day on Wednesdays.

Further Guidance

Users do not have to make an appointment to visit, but they are encouraged to contact the Archives in advance to discuss their research.


Users will be asked to register as an Archive user during their first visit, by completing an Archives Registration form (download PDF) and providing appropriate identification (e.g driving license, student card). By completing the registration procedure, archive users agree to adher to the Regulations for Access to the Archives (see page 2 of the Registration form), which have been developed in order to preserve and protect the collections.

Portrait of Caroline Skeel

A portrait of Caroline Skeel (1872-1951) by Percy Bigland 1920 is on display in the Archives Reading Room. Caroline Skeel was a historian and classicist who established the History Department at Westfield College and was also responsible for the College Library from 1902. To find out more about the Caroline Skeel archives and other collections see Guide to Archives or search the Archives Catalogue.