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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 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.

Illustration of octagon library surrounded by eight busts EIGHT OCTAGON POETS IN THE OLD LIBRARY
4 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. A blog series by Special Collections Information Assistant Anne Marie McHarg.

Photograph of Papyrus fragment: Letter of Apia to Zoilos her brother THE WRITTEN TRADITION
29 October 2021

In a follow up to the Oral Tradition, Special Collections Information Assistant Anne Marie McHarg explores writing and words in their many forms.

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