The University of Liverpool: A History through Archives

Reflecting the growth and achievements of the University since its beginnings The Archive of the University of Liverpool contains records recording the history of the University over 137 years from its beginnings as University College in 1881 through to the present day. The archive reflects the functions of the University through the records it produces and includes administrative records, personal papers of former staff and students, photographs, objects and ephemera relating to the history of the University of Liverpool.

This exhibition celebrates 50 years of the establishment in 1968 of the official repository for the University Archives. The repository currently comprises over 2000 linear meters of material and continues to grow, receiving a wide range of deposits from the University, it’s staff and alumni, benefactors, affiliated members and other external donors and individuals.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Grant of Arms: Grant by Garter Principal King of Arms, Clarenceux King of Arms and Norroy King of Arms to the University of Liverpool, (30 October Edward VII [1903])
  • University of Liverpool medals, buttons and badges
  • University of Liverpool Appeal poster, 1920
  • Guild of Undergraduates Dance and Debating Society programmes, 1919-1922

The exhibition is available to view on the Ground Floor Grove Wing Special Collections and Archives exhibition area during the opening hours of the Sydney Jones Library.

Advent and After: 11. December Graduations

Graduation in the Victoria Building: University Archives D262/3/11

Graduation in the Victoria Building: University Archives D262/3/11

Today and tomorrow are the December 2013 graduation days, when ceremonies take place at the  Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street. During the 1930s however graduation ceremonies took place in the Victoria Building (now the Victoria Gallery and Museum).

Papers of the Medical Students’ Debating Society contain amongst other things photographs and menu cards which capture occasions such as graduation or annual dinners. The occasion of conferment of the Medical Degree upon graduates of the Medical School is represented in this photograph which was taken during the 1930s. Within this many individuals can be identified including Professor R. E. Kelly and Mr C. Sydney Jones.

The signed menu card is taken from an annual dinner of the Debating Society and is decorated with  caricatures of Dr. N.B. Capon (left) who was a Professor of Child Health and Mr. John N. Matthews (right) a student of the Medical School and President of the Guild of Undergraduates.

Dinner menu: University Archives D262/4/1a

Dinner menu: University Archives D262/4/1a