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Archives and Special Collections host regular free exhibitions in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library and at the Strand campus, open to both King's staff and students and the wider public.

Weston Room exhibition caseThe material exhibited gives an indication of the breadth and depth of our collections.

Recent exhibitions have seen material exhibited on topics related to the bicentenarary of the publication of James Parkinson's Essay on the shaking palsy, World War One, and Book illustration.

When these exhibitions are taken down, we often digitise them to create online exhibitions.

Forthcoming Maughan Library exhibition

The next exhibition, entitled 'The printed page' will run from Monday 19 March until Thursday 31 May 2018 and will showcase some of the Foyle Special Collections Library's material relating to the development and changing formats  of books through the centuries.

More information will follow shortly.

Current exhibitions

King's building foyer exhibition

The classical ‘HIS’ and ‘HERS’…

The current display in the Entrance Hall showcases the Modern Classicisms project at King’s, exploring ‘classical art and contemporary artists in dialogue’. The two display cases are centred around the ‘HIS’ and the ‘HERS’ of classical visual traditions, and explore the afterlives of two particular ancient sculptures: one case is structured around responses to the Venus de Milo, the other around responses to the Belvedere Torso.

The themes of our two cases also chime with the classical resonances of the King’s Entrance itself, structured around two classical statues that frame the main staircase. On one side, a neoclassical statue of the fifth-century Athenian playwright, Sophocles (after the so-called ‘Lateran Sophocles’ in the Vatican Museums); on the other is a statue of Sappho, the sixth-century lyric poet from Lesbos.

The display cases also outline some of the aims and aspirations of the Modern Classicisms project, with some details about our forthcoming exhibition in spring 2018, and a bit of history about the Department of Classics at King’s.

We hope that the display cases will form part of the larger ‘dialogue’ that is at the core of our project: please do tell us what you think – by using the hashtag #modernclassicisms, or by emailing us at

The foyer exhibition runs from 8 November 2017 – 1 May 2018. 

Permanent displays

Displays of items 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.

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