About the Archive
The University of Northampton Archive was officially opened in September 2010 and houses the historical records of the university. The earliest records date back to 11 March, 1867 when a free public lecture on science and art was held in Northampton Town Hall. As a result of its popularity, evening classes in electricity and magnetism were started in October of the same year and the journey to the University of Northampton, as we know it today, began.
The Archive is open Monday to Thursday between 9.30am and 4pm and is open to all.
The Duke and Duchess of York (the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) at the opening of what is now The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus.
As well as the collections that relate to the University and our predecessors, the archive contains several smaller collections that have relevance to the learning, teaching and research activities of our staff and students.
Of particular prominence are:
- the archive of design ephemera collected by Angela Reeves
- the Searchlight Archive donated as a long term loan by Searchlight Magazine
The creation of an online catalogue is currently in progress. Our intention is to make all of our archive collections available electronically via the catalogue, however, as it is a work in progress please bear this in mind when carrying out any online searches.
Electronic versions of outline box lists for some collections, not currently appearing on the catalogue, are also available for you to search.
The University Archive contains numerous images of events and occasions relating to our history and that of our predecessors. While these will, in time, be added to our online catalogue, many can currently be viewed on The University of Northampton archive Flickr stream.
Due to the lack of proper storage facilities and the cost of creating such a facility at the University, the decision has been taken to deposit our collection of video material with the Media Archive for Central England (MACE).
We welcome donations of new material relating to the history of the University and its predecessor institutions or to the activities of its staff and students.
If you would like to consider donating collections to the archive, please see the following for additional guidance:
- Archive Collection Policy
- Terms of donation to The University of Northampton Archive
- Agreement to donate form
The University of Northampton takes copyright seriously and only makes content available via its Archive Catalogue in accordance with current UK legislation.
All reasonable effort is made by The University of Northampton to obtain a copyright holder’s consent before publishing images in our Archive Catalogue. We ask any copyright owners, who feel that they are not properly identified in our Archive Collections, to contact us so that we may make any necessary corrections or removals.
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