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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.
 
 
 

Bust of Johnson in the Octagon EIGHT OCTAGON POETS: SAMUEL JOHNSON
3 December 2021

Have you ever ventured into the Octagon, which used to be the Queen Mary library, for meetings or lectures and has your eye started wandering around the room? In doing so your gaze may have rested on several busts clinging to the edge of life on the balcony, looking down on us. This week the focus is on Samuel Johnson. A series by Special Collections Information Assistant Anne Marie McHarg.

Bust of Dryden in the Octagon EIGHT OCTAGON POETS: JOHN DRYDEN
26 November 2021

Have you ever ventured into the Octagon, which used to be the Queen Mary library, for meetings or lectures and has your eye started wandering around the room? In doing so your gaze may have rested on several busts clinging to the edge of life on the balcony, looking down on us. This week the focus is on John Dryden. A series by Special Collections Information Assistant Anne Marie McHarg.

Bust of Milton in the Octagon EIGHT OCTAGON POETS: JOHN MILTON
19 November 2021

Have you ever ventured into the Octagon, which used to be the Queen Mary library, for meetings or lectures and has your eye started wandering around the room? In doing so your gaze may have rested on several busts clinging to the edge of life on the balcony, looking down on us. This week the focus is on John Milton. A series by Special Collections Information Assistant Anne Marie McHarg.

Bust of Shakespeare in the Octagon EIGHT OCTAGON POETS: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
12 November 2021

Have you ever ventured into the Octagon, which used to be the Queen Mary library, for meetings or lectures and has your eye started wandering around the room? In doing so your gaze may have rested on several busts clinging to the edge of life on the balcony, looking down on us. This week the focus is on William Shakespeare. A series by Special Collections Information Assistant Anne Marie McHarg.

Photograph of golden bust of Geoffrey Chaucer EIGHT OCTAGON POETS: GEOFFREY CHAUCER
5 November 2021

Have you ever ventured into the Octagon, which used to be the Queen Mary library, for meetings or lectures and has your eye started wandering around the room? In doing so your gaze may have rested on several busts clinging to the edge of life on the balcony, looking down on us. This week the focus is on Geoffrey Chaucer. A series by Special Collections Information Assistant Anne Marie McHarg.

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