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D-day and King's during World War Two

Photo of Field Marshall Sir Alan Brooke and Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill embarked on Channel in June 1944June 2014 marks 70 years since D-Day in Europe which saw the largest seaborne invasion in history beginning on 6 June 1944. 

The Strand Building foyer currently contains an exhibition with vivid photographic reminders of World War Two drawn from the College Archives and Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives held at King's College London. 

The exhibition includes images relating to the June 1944 invasion as well as to the impact of the war on King's and its predecessor institutions. 

Entry is open and free to everyone.

Forthcoming exhibition

Our next exhibition in the Maughan Library, Fruits of the earth: plants in the service of mankind will run from 15 October to 13 December 2014. Further details will appear here soon.

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 Senior Common room and foyer of the Physics department offices.  Access to 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

Late 19th century depiction of a paperworks factory in Kent.The past weeks have seen three new online exhibitions added to our site at King's Collections:  

1 - Our 2013 exhibition Imperial designs: technology and empire in the 19th century is now available to view online. 

We explore some of the technological achievements of the period when Britain arguably experienced the peak of her imperial and industrial power.

In the years 1815 to 1870 she was undoubtedly the ‘workshop of the world’, and there was no rival posing both a military and an economic threat. 

We look at developments in railway and maritime transport, in telegraphic communication and in architecture, tunnelling and sanitary engineering, and at the role of scientific enquiry in furthering technical advance. 

2 - Another aspect of empire, policy in of 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.

3- 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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