Free Event: Explore Rare Books, Art Collections and the University Archives

Photo album from University archive, University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is opening the doors to its Special Collections in a unique and free community event to celebrate the University’s 25th birthday.

Student magazine ‘The Collegiate’ published in the 1950’s – just one of the items available in the archive collection. Image by University of Portsmouth.

The University of Portsmouth Library is hosting a free event on Tuesday 25th July for anyone in the local area interested in learning about our special collections. These collections include the University Archives, Rare Books, Map Library and the Art Collection.

Usually accessible by appointment only in the archive room, the University Archives tell the history of the University, and the students and staff that have studied, worked and played here. It includes material not only from the current university but also its predecessors and associated organisations:

  • Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science 1869 – 1894
  • Portsmouth Municipal and Technical Institute 1894 – 1908
  • Portsmouth Municipal College 1908-1953
  • Portsmouth College of Technology 1953-1969
  • Portsmouth Polytechnic 1969-1992
  • Portsmouth College of Education (Formerly Portsmouth Training College) 1907 -1976
  • College of Art 1894-1994

Beyond the University archives, the event will also introduce visitors to a range of local collections, including creative writing, local history, architecture, art, design and cartography. From pop-up books, to student magazines (see right), and old photo albums, this event is guaranteed to have something to surprise every visitor.

This is a must-visit event for local writers, researchers, historians or just the rampantly curious. Get inspired, learn what you can access and use for your projects, or just be nosy.

A range of resources will be on display on the day for visitors to handle and discuss with the experts.

This event will run during the day from 10:00 until 13:00 hours. The 25th July 2017 also marks the University’s 25th birthday.

You can register through Eventbrite or contact Lizzie Wildgoose by email ( or phone 023 9284 3452.