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Archives and Special Collections

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. See the blogs below to find out more about our collections or follow us on Instagram qmarchives.

Title page from An Introduction to the Study of Seaweeds by George Murray BOTANY IN THE RARE BOOKS
17 September 2021

In September the Chelsea Flower Show will once again open its doors to the public after a long lockdown. Let Special Collections Information Assistant, Anne Marie McHarg, open a book or two to showcase the wealth of rare books in our collection on plants and wildlife. 

7 June 2021

After her look at Aesop, Anne-Marie, our Rare Books and Special Collections Information Assistant, has taken a closer look at the oral tradition of storytelling and how it has developed over time, up to the present day.

Plate showing Aesop from Fables of Aesop and other eminent mythologists / with morals and reflections by Sir Roger L'Estrange, Kt AESOP IN THE RARE BOOKS COLLECTION
29 April 2021

Anne-Marie McHarg, Rare Books and Special Collections Information Assistant, has been looking at the books held in our rare books collection as she works her way through cataloguing them. First up, a closer look at Aesop and his fables, and a connection to one of our buildings which you may not know about!

16 December 2020

Archives and Special Collections are closed from Friday 18th December to Monday 4th January. We will be unable to respond to enquiries during this period and will reply to any emails received once we return in January.

Black and white photograph of the People's Palace, Mile End in the early twentieth century showing cobbled street, large stone building, clock tower, winter garden to the left and st benet's church to the right and posters for events on a notice board ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS READING ROOM CLOSURE
19 March 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Archives and Special Collections Reading Room at Queen Mary University London will be closing from 5pm on Thursday 19th March 2020 until further notice.

Our digital services and a limited enquiry service will continue to operate during this period.

We will announce any plans to reopen here and on the Library Services home page.

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