December 2015

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.

November 2015

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.

September 2015

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.

July 2015

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.

May 2015

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.

March 2015

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.

February 2015

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. 

January 2015

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.

Page last updated: Thursday 15 January 2015