About the Archive

The University of Northampton Archive was officially opened in September 2010 and houses the historical records of the institution. These 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 today’s University of Northampton began.

Staff and students of the University as well as members of the public are welcome to visit the Archive Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm.​

Picture of the Queen Mother visiting Northampton

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.

Our collections

As well as the collections that relate to the University and its 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 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.

Video material

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).


The University welcomes donations of new material that relates 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:

Copyright Statement

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 holders’ consent before publishing images in our Archive Catalogue. We would 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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