Currently on exhibition
Celebrating 50 years of the Liddell Hart Centre
Currently on display in the King’s building foyer is Celebrating 50 years of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. This marks the 50th birthday of the foundation of the Centre for Military Archives at King’s, and features some of the Archive team's favourite items relating to World War One drawn from the collections of the Liddell Hart Centre.
The subjects covered include the media portrayal of the war in 1914, the psychological manipulation involved in army recruitment, and the birth of the tank.
The exhibition complements a Liddell Hart Centre at 50 blog which also marks this landmark in our history.
Celebrating 50 years of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives is on display in the exhibition cabinets in the foyer of the main King's building in the Strand which is open to the public.
Our next exhibition in the Maughan Library, 1914-18: the most stupendous struggle, will explore the causes, campaigns and aftermath of the First World War. The exhibition will run from 6 May to 24 September 2014. Further details will appear here soon.
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 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 exhibition
Our 2012 exhibition Ploughing the sea: Latin America observed is now available to view online. In this exhibition we look at the sub-continent’s tumultuous history, particularly as affected by those foreign countries - Britain, Spain, Portugal and the United States among them - which have sought to gain a position of power or influence over Latin America’s destiny. From 17th century privateers to 19th century mining speculators and the 20th century Falklands War much of this story is one of rapaciousness and bloodshed, but some of those who came to Latin America also recorded their fascination with the sub-continent’s natural wonders and with the cultures of its indigenous peoples. We look at the ways in which writers, naturalists and artists have sought to capture this land of contrasts, of beauty and brutality.