Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Take Flight" - Behind the Scenes Tours of the Archives

Take a flying visit through the fascinating collections in the Archives. To celebrate the opening of the new Caroline Skeel Archives Reading Room, the Archives will be running free Behind the Scenes Tours, for both staff and students, throughout November 2009.

There will be an opportunity to view the improved facilities for users and exclusive access will be granted to the secure vault where the collections are stored. The tour will also showcase some of the highlights from the Archives, featuring the eccentric, innovative and pioneering. Everything from ‘The Great Carles’, champion pigeon charmers, who delighted the People’s Palace with their performance in 1887, to the French student revolution of 1968.

The tours will be taking place on the following dates, November 9th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 30th. Tours will last 30 minutes and will take place between 12.30-2.30pm, exact time to be confirmed. To book a place on a tour or for more information email archives or telephone 020 7882 3873.

The Archives hold a wealth of fascinating institutional and personal archives, dating from the 18th Century to the present day. The collections document the rich history of the College, and provide vital evidence for research in the arts, humanities and social sciences and science and engineering. To find out more see the archive website.

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