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.

Quintin Hogg

We take a brief look at the life of the founder of the Regent Street Polytechnic.

The New Year’s Fête

From 1876 the Polytechnic held annual exhibitions, fêtes and social events in the New Year. Learn more here.

A Warm Welcome to  Academic Year 2021/22

Here’s a look at the services we have on offer this academic year

photo of competitors crossing the finish line of a running race

Polytechnic Olympians

Did you know that the Polytechnic’s sports clubs produced 118 Olympians. We have showcased some of their achievements here. 

Black and white photo of men playing football

Polytechnic Football Club

As the delayed Euro 2020 grips the nation’s attention, we have taken a look at the history of one of the Poly’s first sport clubs that still exists today.

A screenshot showing the university website in 1997.

Web Archiving at Westminster

Our websites are an important record of the University’s teaching and research. We take a look at how we archive websites at Westminster, preserving these important sources for the future.

Cover of a holiday brochure advertising British holidays

‘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 blogpost.

Photo show the Gymnasium full of food supplies

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). 

A simple robot hand holds a large die, while another looks poised to take it. In the background is a 1980s microcomputer.

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. 

Self Portrait of Gordon Cullen

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.

A group of Ramblers on a bridge over a canal

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.

Photo of the programme for the Polytechnic Institution, Dec 1861

Ghosts and Pantos at the RPI

The Royal Polytechnic Institution (RPI) was famous for its magic lantern shows and Pepper’s Ghost illusion.  Learn more about them here.

Photo of a man and a child using the slide at a garden party

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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