Our latest project, now online at Victorian Lives celebrates the lives of 19th century staff from King’s by offering nearly 200 short biographies. The initial project engaged volunteers from the University of the Third Age (U3A) to research details of academics, domestic staff and technicians, representing a fascinating cross-section of Victorian society. King’s College London Archives preserve extensive collections. Volunteers consulted lists of former staff, correspondence, minute books, College Calendars and other publications. Plans are to add further biographies soon.
King’s College London calendars
A large selection of King’s College London Calendars are now available online from the King’s Collection website. Currently more than half those published between 1831 and 1986 have been scanned so that their pages can be consulted and downloaded. The calendars are a valuable source of information about the year-to-year history of King’s including notable events and achievements, lists of students and staff by department and faculty, information on courses and examinations and details of degrees, prizes and scholarships awarded. As well, the texts of the calendars available have been extracted via OCR (optical character recognition) and are searchable.
The Serving Soldier provides access to thousands of digital copies of diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and other unique sources scanned as part of a JISC-funded project. It provides insight into lives of servicemen and families from the late nineteenth century until World War Two.
Archives and Special Collections blog
Favourite items from King's College London Archives and the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives along with those from Special Collections are regularly featured on the King's College London Archives and Special Collections blog.
Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics
King's College London Archives are one of five external partners to have contributed their collections to Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, a major digitisation resource from the Wellcome Library. Key documents from the papers of Professor Maurice Wilkins and the Department of Biophysics at King's can be accessed through the website.
This 123-partner project aggregates the descriptions of archive collections in London institutions. AIM25 is a major research resource and attracts some 1.2 million hits per month. New institutional records are being added regularly, most recently from the London Metropolitan Archives, the National Maritime Museum and Kew Gardens.
A website based on the records of the Royal British Nurses' Association, Pioneering Nurses reveals the fascinating personal lives and careers of those who were among the first nurses to sign up to a professional register in 1890. This site was created by the Archives and volunteers from the University of the Third Age.
Archives and the University of the Third Age (U3A) have created 'Lest We Forget', a website commemorating the war dead of King's College and the institutions with which it has merged, including the Medical Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. The website allows users to search and browse detailed biographies of the war dead, including photographs.
The free iPhone app, Navigating Nightingale, created by Archives, AIM25 and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, provides an augmented-reality walking tour of central London, following in the footsteps of the pioneering nurse. The app includes innovative features including a cartoon that 'comes to life' and sophisticated map overlays.
UK World War One Collections
Assembled for the 2014 centenary of the outbreak, UK World War One Collections is a database which aims to capture information on UK university, archive, library and museum holdings relating to World War One. The new database, part of the JISC World War One Discovery Programme, was developed by King's College London Archives and King's College London Department of War Studies.
A series of online Archives and Special Collections exhibitions provide a rich and colourful introduction to the history of King's and to the unique holdings of Archives & Special Collections.