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Forthcoming Maughan Library exhibition

Our forthcoming exhibition in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library: The great leveller: humanity's struggle against infectious disease runs from 26 January - 15 April 2015. More information will follow here shortly.

King's building foyer exhibition

Photograph of Architecture department corridor at King's College London about 1900 reference K/PH1/10/2/2Underground in the basements of buildings across King's College London are vaults containing the archives of King's.

The Strand Building foyer currently contains an exhibition The Past is a Foreign Country displaying snapshots from the wealth of records and stories preserved by the College Archives that are used daily for research, teaching and public engagement.

Items in focus for this exhibition are international students, Frankenstein and the occult, the Architecture Department, King's College School, Nassau, Bahamas, Drawing and the Department of Journalism.

The exhibition was created to coincide with 'Underground' theme of the College's Arts and Humanities Festival 2014.

Entry is open free to everyone.

Permanent displays

Celebrating DNA is a display cabinet filled with items from the College Archives illustrating the crucial work done in x-ray crystallography at King's College London in the early 1950s by Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin along with their colleagues.

This led directly to the discovery of the helical structure of DNA. The items can be viewed in a display cabinet on the first floor of the main King's building at the Strand.

Additional displays of matter from the College Archives are on view in the Student Informal Study Space and foyer of the Physics department offices.  Access to some of these areas is controlled.

Online exhibitions

Online exhibition pages authored by Archives and Special Collections staff give a good idea of the breadth of subject matter our collections cover and the quality of images we can make available. Increasingly, the exhibitions we create are supplemented by online exhibitions to make content accessible to those unable to visit in person.

Archive and Special Collections Exhibitions 

New online exhibitions

From woodcut to photograph: techniques of book illustration

Illustration of a colourful fish from an 1841 work on the fishes of Ceylon‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ – this commonplace adage reflects a widespread appreciation of the value of the visual image as both an aid to understanding and a stimulus to emotional or aesthetic response. That appreciation is reflected in the long and varied history of book illustration and in the constant striving by printers, illustrators and inventors to develop better ways of reproducing illustrations accurately and economically - themes we explore in this exhibition.

This exhibition ran from 22 January - 15 April 2014 in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library. It is now available to view online here.

Imperial policy in the Horn of Africa is reflected in Armies Abroad: Britain in Somaliland a newly-minted online exhibition discussing conflict between the Dervish State and British army from the late Victorian period until 1920, then subsequent British colonial history in the Somalia region .

This new online exhibition draws upon documents and illustrations from collections held in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's.

Conflicts in Afghanistan have been a recurring demand upon the British army for 175 years. Unsurprisingly, the Liddell Hart Centre posses valuable images and research material on these conflicts. Examples from the collections are highlighted in the new online exhibition On Afghanistan's Plains : British Action in Afghanistan and the North West Frontier, 1879-1935.

View our online exhibitions here.






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