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.
We take a brief look at the life of the founder of the Regent Street Polytechnic.
From 1876 the Polytechnic held annual exhibitions, fêtes and social events in the New Year. Learn more here.
Here’s a look at the services we have on offer this academic year
Did you know that the Polytechnic’s sports clubs produced 118 Olympians. We have showcased some of their achievements here.
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.
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.
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.
It’s 100 years since the first international women’s sporting event, and athletes from the Polytechnic played a key role.
Did you know that Quintin Hogg established a Secondary School for boys in 1886? Learn more about the School in our latest blogpost.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Royal Polytechnic Institution (RPI) was famous for its magic lantern shows and Pepper’s Ghost illusion. Learn more about them here.
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.