Visiting and Using the Archive

University of Northampton Archive

The University of Northampton Archive is located in the Development Hub. Staff and students of the University as well as members of the public are welcome to visit the Archive on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact the Archivist to arrange a time by emailing

Visitors interested in the Searchlight Archive can contact the Searchlight Collections Officer, Daniel Jones, for more information and access details:

The Archive’s catalogue is accessible accessible online, and this can be used by visitors in advance to identify records they wish to consult. Please supply this information to the Archivist before your visit so the records can be available for you in good time.

Outline box lists additional collections are also available online. These give an overview of records that will be available in the future, when the cataloguing and access programme is underway.

Catalogued records are available to all visitors. Exceptions may apply where records contain sensitive or personal data, or are in a fragile condition.

Uncatalogued records are not generally available; however, the Archivist can provide information and assistance about these records if requested.

  • The Archive is actively collecting archival records that correspond with its aim:

    To collect and preserve the institutional history of the University of Northampton and its predecessor bodies; and to acquire archive collections that support and enhance the research interests of the University. The Archive aims to make collections available for staff, student and public consultation, and to support the University in its aim to promote social impact in the wider community through access to archive records.

    If you would like to discuss making a donation to the Archive, please contact the Archivist (, who can provide further details of the donations process.

  • Visitors to the Archive can, in most circumstances, take digital photographs of the records. Exceptions to this include any records where the University is not the copyright owner. In these instances, visitors will have responsibility for identifying and acquiring the correct copyright permissions from the permissions holder. Exceptions also apply to sensitive or personal data, where access may be limited.

  • The Archive welcomes volunteers to work with the collections and support the Archive service.

    Priority for volunteer or work experience placements will be given to current students of the University of Northampton, though anyone is welcome to contact the Archivist for more information:

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