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Archives and Special Collections signature image of woman writing 1940sArchives & Special Collections oversee the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King’s College London Archives and the Foyle Special Collections Library. We hold a unique, internationally significant and continually expanding range of archival and printed sources, ensuring their preservation and providing access to our users from King's and the public.

Teaching and research

All students and staff are encouraged to use the extensive facilities and expert assistance available in Archives & Special Collections.

Archives & Special Collections support the College’s teaching programme by welcoming group visits by students and staff, including general familiarisation visits for newly-inducted students and timetabled teaching sessions involving hands-on use of archive documents and rare books designed for specific course modules. We also provide workshops and visits for the Summer School and Widening Participation programmes. Recent sessions have been hosted for departments as diverse as History, War Studies, English, Physics, Nursing & Midwifery, and Geography.

The collections of historical material held in Archives & Special Collections provide an invaluable teaching resource, and faculty members who think their students might benefit are encouraged to contact Archives & Special Collections.

Engagement and outreach

Archives & Special Collections creates exhibitions and supplies images of rare books and archives for events such as conferences, festivals, fundraising, and Alumni Weekend, as well as undertaking historical tours of the College's campuses and hosting visits in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Rooms, supporting the College’s engagement strategy.

We also contribute to College publications including CommentIn Touch and the annual Report, and facilitate requests from broadcast production companies and publishers.

Excellence in the sector

The Archives manage AIM25, an online portal providing access to the archives catalogues of more than 130 institutions in the London area, attracting a wide variety of worldwide users including researchers, students, family historians and the media.

In addition, we participate in the United Kingdom Archives Discovery Network, which aims to improve access and discovery of the content of archives, libraries, museums and galleries; sit on the co-ordinating committee of the Health Archives & Records Group, to help national strategy in relation to national medical records; and helped set up the Higher Education Archivists' Group.

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