In this blog you will find articles about the University’s collections, its history and the work we do in the University Records and Archives team.

‘See the Best of Britain’: staycations with the PTA

As the UK starts to open up for UK-based holidays once more, we look at some of the British holidays offered by the Polytechnic Touring Association.

Celebrating the 1921 Women’s Olympiad

It’s 100 years since the first international women’s sporting event, and athletes from the Polytechnic played a key role.

The Polytechnic Secondary School

Did you know that Quintin Hogg established a Secondary School for boys in 1886?  Learn more about the School in our latest blog post

Christmas Dinner Fund

In 1888, the Polytechnic established a Christmas Dinner Fund to provide those in need with parcels of the necessary provisions for a Christmas Dinner.  During its 52 year existence, the Fund fed over 1 million people and raised over £73,259 (nearly £4 million today). 

Digital Sources in the University Archive

For the Institute of Historical Research’s History Day 2020 we take a look at some of the digitised and born-digital material available in the university archive. 

A photograph of a set of audio CDs awaiting digitisation. Behind the CDs is a computer, on the computer screen is an audio wave form.

Bridging the Digital Gap at Westminster

Jacob, our digital trainee, reflects on his year with the University Records and Archives team. This post looks at some of the work he has been doing to help preserve the digital heritage of the University. 

The Gordon Cullen Archive

The Archive of alumnus and urban designer/theorist Gordon Cullen was added to the University Archive in 2015.  Since then we have been working to make it more accessible. In this post we look at Cullen’s career and the work we have been doing on the Archive.

The Polytechnic Rambling Club

Founded in 1885, the Polytechnic Rambling Club was one of the Poly’s first clubs. The club is no longer part of the University but is still going strong.

VE Day 75

8 May 2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.  In this post we look at how the Regent Street Polytechnic reacted to the news.

Coronavirus and Wartime Britain

The current Coronavirus emergency has been likened to wartime Britain, so the Records and Archives team have been searching through the (online) archives from home to find a few comparisons with World War Two.

The Annual Garden Party

First held in 1906 for the opening of the Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground at Chiswick, the Garden Party became an annual feature of Polytechnic life.  Learn more about it here.


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