Kings College London

Kings College London
London
Greater London
WC2R 2LS
England

Website

Archives and Information Management

www.kcl.ac.uk/archives/

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

www.kcl.ac.uk/library/collections/archivespec/collections/lhcma.aspx

E-mail

Archives and Information Management

archives@kcl.ac.uk

Telephone

020 7848 2015

Fax

020 7848 2760

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King's College London was founded in 1828 and located in a Grade-1 listed building in the Strand. King's College Hospital was established in nearby Portugal Street in 1839/40 and relocated to its present site in Denmark Hill prior to World War One. The College has since merged with Chelsea and Queen Elizabeth Colleges (1985) and Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital Medical Schools (completed 1998). The College is a major multi-faculty Higher Education institution with a world-wide profile.

These archives have a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Archive, Science centre, Architecture centre

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9.30-17.30

Please note that no orders for documents will be collected between 13.00-14.00 although the Archive reading room will remain open for research and we welcome the placing of forward orders.

The Archives close for the last two weeks of August for stocktaking. The College as a whole is closed on all public holidays and the days between Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Free

Links

Additional info

Location: The Archive reading room is located in Room 302, third floor, Strand Building. The main entrance of King's College London is on the Strand beside Somerset House and opposite St Mary le Strand. From the main entrance on the Strand take the lift to the third floor, turn right out of the lift and follow the signs. Ring the bell to the left of the door for admission.

Parking: There is no parking available within the College, though parking space for the disabled and the delivery of documents can usually be arranged by giving advance notice. Please note, however, that this cannot be guaranteed.

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The archives contain papers of over 700 20th century senior defence personnel, authors and commentators, covering all wars, campaigns and peacekeeping initiatives in which British forces were engaged. The Centre also houses a growing collection of related microforms, chiefly of American official papers, and the personal library of Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart. This collection is of national and international significance to the study of the First and Second World Wars.

King's College London Archives holds the institutional records of the College (founded 1829) and related institutions such as King's College Hospital, Guy Hospital Medical School and St Thomas's Hospital Medical School. Holdings include minutes, correspondence, committee papers, the papers of scientific and other research projects, the private papers of senior staff, photographs and publications.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Sport, Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart
  • The Duke of Wellington
  • Dentistry history
  • Professor Jean Hanson
  • The student rag
  • DNA
  • History of education
  • Imperialism
  • Military history
  • Empire
  • History of medicine
  • Greek history
  • Rosalind Franklin
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • Charles Wheatstone
  • Telegraph
  • War
  • Strand
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of soldier imposed over map of southern England, northern France and Belgium. Caption reads 'Come on boys, you're wanted'

Liddell Hart Centre - celebrating 50 years

  • 19 February — 2 May 2014 *on now

To mark our 50th birthday, a display of World War One related treasures from our Archives to mark the 50th birthday of the Centre can be viewed in the King's building foyer on the Strand Campus of King's College London

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/eventrecords/2014/lhcma50years.aspx

photograph of exterior of king's college library london

Rwanda In Photographs: Death Then, Life Now

  • 21 March — 30 April 2014 *on now

The exhibition marks 20 years since the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide, exploring how way Rwanda is being rebuilt and how its image is changing.

The curating process began with photography workshops held in Rwanda in the autumn, led by award-winning international photographers Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria) and Brendon Brannon (US and Kenya) in which photographers from Rwanda questioned the ways in which their country is portrayed internationally and found new ways of depicting their country.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
World War One

Serving Soldier

http://www.kingscollections.org/servingsoldier

Serving Soldier is a website that provides access to thousands of unique images and documents drawn from the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College London. Content includes photographs, videos and correspondence. The selection explores the lives of servicemen and their families from the late 19th century until the Second World War, while themes include war and peace, exploration, invention and education. New content is being added regularly.

Creator

  • King's College London Archives

Publisher

  • King's College London

How to obtain

Free digitised content online.

AIM25

http://www.aim25.ac.uk

AIM25 provides free online text access to collection level descriptions of archives within higher education institutions, cultural organisations, learned societies, livery companies and specialist archives in the London area (the area bound by the M25). Its descriptions span more than 130 partner institutions and total around 18,000 descriptions. AIM25 is aimed at academics, students and the general public and seeks to improve access and use of archives. It is ongoing and new and revised descriptions are always being added. A recent upgrade has added Web 2.0 features. Themes include the history of education, and of London, literature, science and technology, exploration, politics and biography.

Creator

  • Information Services and Systems, King's College London
  • Research Support Libraries Programme
  • University of London

Publisher

  • King's College London Archives

DNA: the King's Story

This lavishly illustrated online exhibition tells the story of the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the DNA double helix at King's College in the 1950s. It includes a downloadable National Curriculum teaching and image pack exploring the life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the key players in the discovery, examines the ethics of science and the role of women in science. It also includes a number of streamed oral history interviews of family members and scientists who knew Franklin and her work which have been created with the help of Ursuline School for Girls, Ilford.

Creator

  • Geoff Browell
  • Ursuline School, Ilford
  • AV Department, King's College London
  • Jennifer DeWitt
  • King's College London Archives

Publisher

  • King's College London Archives
Face and shoulders of young man in army uniform

Lest we forget

The War Memorials of King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals website celebrates the lives of the more than 700 students and staff from King's College and its partner institutions who were killed in twentieth century conflict - whether on distant foreign battlefields or on the home front.

Detailed biographies reveal a wealth of personal information and tales of gallantry and distinction. They serve as a permanent reminder of the selfless service to society enshrined in King's College's public ethos and of the personal sacrifices of its students and staff.

This website is the result of a year of research by a dedicated team from the University of the Third Age, led by Mrs Wendy Mott, drawing on original source material held by King's College London Archives including photographs and press cuttings, and on externally held records such as those of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Creator

  • King's College London Archives
  • Volunteers from the University of the Third Age

Publisher

  • King's College London Archives

Lost in the Field of Blackbirds

King's College London Archives and Spectrum Drama have created a thirty minute play based on original interviews with participants in the wars in Yugoslavia during the 1990s, which are held in the Liddell Hart Centre at King's College. The play was performed at venues throughout London in 2008 and attracted audiences of all ages and backgrounds including school pupils and refugees from the conflicts. The play was recorded and a podcast is available for download together with a National Curriculum-themed schools pack.

Creator

  • King's College London Archives
  • Geoff Browell
  • Spectrum Drama

Publisher

  • King's College London Archives
Navigating Nightingale

Navigating Nightingale

Navigating Nightingale is an iPhone app that traces the career of pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale and explores her life in Victorian London through the use of interactive maps, cartoons and rich archive content drawn from collections held by AIM25 and other London archives. The app has been created by King's College London Archives and School of Nursing, and Centre Screen Productions. This is the first iPhone app in the Medical Milestones series.

Creator

  • King's College London Archives, King's School of Nursing, Centre Screen Productions

How to obtain

Via the app store.

Brass tobacco tin, pack of tobacco and pack of cigarettes from 1914

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives turns 50

http://kingsarchives.tumblr.com

To mark the Centre’s 50th birthday we are presenting a selection of 50 items relating to World War One that reflect the richness of our collections.

These have been chosen by staff because they are important, poignant, amusing, thought-provoking, arresting or strange.

Publisher

  • King's College London Archives

How to obtain

This resource can be accessed online

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