King’s College London Archives - including the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives - hold a unique and internationally significant range of archival and printed sources, ensuring their preservation and providing access to King's students, academics and other colleagues, the global research community and the general public.
Due to an ongoing shortage of staff, we are suspending our research enquiry service until Monday 12 September 2022. We will continue to accept Reading Room bookings, reprographics orders and reproduction requests but are unable to conduct research on your behalf.
Apologies for the inconvenience and many thanks for your patience.
The Archives Reading Room is open to both staff and students of King’s College London, and to external researchers.
Opening hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00-17.00.
Please contact us via email@example.com to schedule an appointment and include the following information:
Please also note that where material is held offsite, we will need a minimum of seven days' notice prior to your visit. Such material is flagged in the catalogue and can be checked on this list.
To provide as safe an environment as possible, all visits will be conducted in line with King’s guidance. In the absence of social distancing, visitors to the Reading Room will be expected to wear a face covering, to provide further reassurance to staff and other visitors.
We continue to offer a remote enquiry service to all our users including requests for the use of quotations or digital images in published works, online or for other commercial and non-commercial purposes. We will also provide general information about our collections and advice on how to search our catalogue - and invite you to explore our online exhibitions, Research Guides and other resources via the tabs and links below.
If you would like to deposit with us, please provide as much detail as possible and we will contact you to organise the review and potential collection of material.
If you are a member of King’s teaching staff and wish to discuss onsite or online sessions for your students in archival research skills and/or exploring our collections, please email your requirements and we shall contact you to make arrangements.
The Archives’ rich and extensive collections are continually growing and particular subject strengths include:
- History of King's College London and its merged institutions
- Military and defence studies
- Travel and exploration
- Empire and Commonwealth
- History of medicine and nursing
- History of modern Greece
- English Literature (20th Century)
- History of science
Find out more about using the archives