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The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele we would like to commemorate the brave students, alumni and staff from Borough Road College who fought and died in this battle.

Canada Day: 150 years on

With Canada celebrating 150 years of existence as country on 1 July 2017, we thought we would take the opportunity to highlight material we have on Canada as part of our BFSS Foreign Correspondence.

International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day 2017

World Book Day 2017

Spotlight on the Murray Book Collection for World Book Day 2017

Armistice Day service 2016

On Friday 11th November 2016 staff and students came together on campus to commemorate Armistice Day.

The first Lancasterian school in the USA

In the early nineteenth century the city of New York had a population of c. 75 000, constantly being increased by immigration. The social conditions bore a strong similarity to those in Southwark, London, where Lancaster had opened his first school.

Black History Month: The Story of Thomas Jenkins

We’re marking Black History month with the story for Thomas Jenkins, an early 19th century alumnus of Borough Road College, who overcame racial prejudice and taught in Scotland, London and Mauritius.

A Glimpse into the Archives: Tennis

With Wimbledon well underway and Andy Murray through to the semi-finals, we thought we would get into the swing of things and look back at some tennis photos from our predecessor colleges: Borough Road (BRC), Saffron Walden and Stockwell College.

The Battle of the Somme Remembered

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, we would like to highlight ten brave students and alumni from Borough Road College who fought and died in this battle.

Belgian refugees at MGC Kindergarten

Belgian refugees welcomed at Maria Grey College Kindergarten, WW1.

Online Catalogue Launched

As part of Brunel’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, Brunel University London Archives is delighted to announce the launch online of our archive catalogue.

Izzy the Dinosaur

Between 1960 and 1978 Brunel had a mascot called Isambardina, affectionately known as Izzy, a 6 foot tall, 10 foot long Brontosaurus. 

World Book Day

In celebration of World Book Day we thought it fitting to highlight three of the book collections held in the University Archives: the Salmon Collection, the Murray Collection and the Saffron Walden Book Collection.

BRC Male Student List 1810-1916

We have now completed the transcription of a list of the male students who attended BRC 1810-1916.

2015 Christmas Advent Calendar

Welcome to the Brunel University Archives Advent Calendar.

Each day we will be revealing a new item from our archive collections to get everyone in the festive spirit.

Brunel's Teacher Training Background

The Archives staff were delighted to read that Brunel’s Department of Education recently distinguished itself in its Ofsted inspection. After all, Brunel University London is a direct descendant of some of the earliest and most progressive teacher training colleges in England.

Discover 50

A look at the Archives contribution to the Discovery Trail for the University's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Commonplace Books

A look back at student life at Borough Road College in the late 19th and early 20th century.

History of Rugby at Brunel

With the Rugby World Cup starting at the weekend and Brunel University London having hosted the Webb-Ellis Trophy and the French Squad in preparation for their game against Italy, we thought it might be interesting to look back at the University’s contributions to the sport.

Atiya Fyzee, an Indian Student at Maria Grey College 1906-1907

Atiya Fyzee [also known as Atiya Begum], came to Maria Grey College from India in 1906-07, aged c. 30.  Although Atiya did not complete her studies due to ill health, she went on to devote herself to promoting female education.

Magna Carta Women: Laurence Housman 1865–1959

Supporter of women’s suffrage and co-founded “Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage”.

Magna Carta Women: Mary Wollstonecraft 1759-1797

Writer, philosopher and advocate of women’s rights.

Magna Carta Women: Harriet Martineau 1802-1876

Writer, political activist and first female sociologist who championed women’s rights.

Magna Carta Women: Elizabeth Fry 1780-1845

The Archives hold a letter to the BFSS from Elizabeth Fry's daughter Katherine regarding educating females in India.

Magna Carta Women: Hannah More 1745-1833

In 1799, Hannah More published a treatise on women’s education, Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education with a View to the Principles and Conduct of Women of Rank and Fortune. Brunel University Archives hold 2 copies of this work.

Magna Carta Women

Currently the Eastern Gateway Building is hosting a visit from the 4 piece artwork entitled “Magna Carta Women” by artist Tracy Satchwill.

Welcome to Brunel University Archives News

The Archives News will provide an insight into the wonderful collections that we look after, and the work involved in managing them.

First Register of Female Students

A transcript of the first register of female students who attended Borough Road Teacher Training College is now available online.

Spotlight on Hitchin British School

Following on from our previous news item about the 1897 British Schools list, we thought it would be interesting to tell you about the British School Museum in Hitchin, whose 1837 Monitorial Schoolroom is the only one of its kind left in the world.

New Charter

The University’s new Supplemental Charter is now on display in the Auditorium of the Eastern Gateway Building. 

Launch of British Schools list

Brunel University London Archives are pleased to announce that a fully searchable transcript of the 1897 list of British Schools is now available online.

Christmas Books from the Murray Collection

To get into the Christmas spirit we have been looking through the archives to find festive items.

The Night Before Christmas

The archives hold a 1931 edition of The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, which includes illustrations by the famous English book illustrator, Arthur Rackham.


The glorious month of moustachioed men is back: Movember! 

WW1 Profiles

Brunel Archives launch First World War Profiles

Congratulations to our student volunteers 2013 - 2014!

Brunel students Ginny Dawe-Woodings and Sara Brimble volunteered with us here in the archives during their history degrees. 

WW1 Project

2014 marks the centenary of the First World War. Around the world people have marked the event in their own ways - through memorials and exhibitions. Brunel is no different.

BFSS has gifted its Archives to University

The British and Foreign School Society (BFSS) have ‘gifted’ their archive to the University.

I didn’t know Brunel had an Archive

Well we do! You may not have heard of us because until Dec 2011 we were still at the (increasingly wild) Runnymede campus.

So who are we?

The Archives staff are Mandy Mordue (Head of Archives and Records Management), Phaedra Casey (Archivist) and Ruth Armstrong (Archives and Records Assistant).

Page last updated: Monday 14 March 2016