The University Archive collects material relating to the history of the University, which has been in existence since 1838. We also provide help to staff and students who would like to use archives elsewhere. This guide explains what archives are, what we have in our collection, and the types of enquiries we can help with.
An archive can refer to:
Although we usually think of archives as being paper documents, they can also be digital, photographic and audiovisual. Many archive collections also include some books and objects.
Archive items are unique and often fragile. While you will usually be allowed to handle them, you will not be able to borrow items from an archive. You will also be asked to not eat and drink while in an archive, and not to use pens, as these can all damage the documents.
The University Archive is on level B3 of 4-12 Little Titchfield Street.
We are open on a drop-in basis for staff and students at the following times:
Monday 10.00-12.00 13.00-17.00
Tuesday 10.00-12.00 13.00-17.00
Wednesday 10.00-12.00 13.00-17.00
Thursday 10.00-12.00 13.00-17.00
Friday 10.00-12.00 13.00-17.00
If you are a part-time student and these hours are difficult for you, please get in touch and we will try to make alternative arrangements for you.
The Reading Room only seats four and does get quite busy at times. You are also welcome to make an appointment, so that we can reserve a seat for you. This is particularly important if you would like to come as a group. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
The Archive team can help you if you would like to use our own collections, or we can help you to find and use archive collections elsewhere.
The types of queries we regularly help students with from our own collections are:
The kind of advice we can offer for using other archives includes
Archival research can be time-consuming so please make sure you give us as much time as possible to help you.