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Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams

Head of Archives & Research Collections


Catherine leads a team of archivists and information professionals responsible for acquiring, processing, preserving and providing access to primary sources for King’s staff and students, external researchers and the general public. She joined King’s in 2019 having originally trained and worked as a secondary school teacher of English and Drama. She completed an MSc Information Science at City University in 1997 before progressing her archival career at the BBC, The National Archives and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

She is an Associate Member of CILIP: the library and information association and a peer reviewer for Archive Service Accreditation - the UK standard for archive services.

Areas of Expertise

Ask her about archives and records management, digitisation and digital preservation, teaching and learning with primary sources as well archives and the cultural heritage sector in general.


The Archives & Research Collections team offers teaching and learning for both UGs and PGs including hands-on collections-based sessions; archival research skills training; and an introduction to the national and international archives sector, archival networks and aggregators.

Staff and students are also invited to explore our online KEATS module "Using Archives in Your Studies" for self-directed learning.



Williams, C. (2012). On The Record: Towards a Documentation Strategy. Journal of the Society of Archivists, 33(1), 23–40.

Smith, C. (2005). Building an Internet Archive System for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Library Trends, 54(1), 16–32.