The University Archive

The cover of an early syllabus, people standing in front of a building and the cover of a prospectus

In August 2014, London Metropolitan University began the process of constructing, for the first time, a central historic archive of material that relates to all of its precursor institutions and contributes towards the narrative arc of the institution's extensive history. Now fully formed and accessible, this archive holds important information, not only about the evolution of the University, but also about aspects of educational social history that prevailed in these areas of the capital during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The evolution of London Metropolitan University is briefly described Brief Description of LMU Evolution.

The University Archive includes (but is not limited to):

  • Committee papers, from ca. 1896
  • College prospectuses, from ca.1896
  • Course handbooks, from ca. 1965
  • Ceremonial (e.g. awards ceremonies), from ca. 1935
  • Photographs, from ca. 1896
  • Staff and student magazines (internal publications), from ca. 1912
  • Students' Union handbooks and internal communications, from ca. 1970
  • Ephemera
  • Student records from ca. 1910
  • Scientific equipment from ca. 1950
  • Legal documents from ca. 1875

More detailed information regarding our precursor institutions is available via the Archives Hub. To see examples of some of the items held in the University Archive, please see our Pinterest Boards.

As some of our material is unique, fragile and/or irreplaceable, there are some rules about its use - to help us to preserve it. The University Archives Inventory is searchable.

Please send any enquiries you may have about the archive via email to the following address: Tel: 020 7320 3516.

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