Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Now open, Caroline Skeel Archives Reading Room

The Caroline Skeel Archives Reading Room opened on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library on 12th October 2009. It will provide easier access to invaluable historical collections.

The Archives chart the fascinating history of the College and also contain primary source material for subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences, dating from the 18th century to present day.

The purpose built room is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.45pm and provides a dedicated space for users of the Archives. The room is supervised by specialist Archives staff, able to assist users to search the collections for relevant material.

Users will be permitted to order material on demand, up to 6 records at a time, for retrieval from the Archives storeroom. Copies of records are provided at reasonable rates, including photocopying and scanning services. Users are permitted to use their own digital cameras to take photographs of items from the collections, free of charge. Find out more here: or visit the 2nd Floor and drop into the Caroline Skeel Archives Reading Room.

The room is named after Professor Caroline Skeel (1872–1951), who was a Lecturer in Classics and History at Westfield College. She was also responsible for the College library from 1902, attracting gifts from learned societies and others which substantially improved the collection.

For more information about the Archives collections or to make an enquiry see: email or telephone 020 7882 3873.

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