University College London: Special Collections

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About University College London: Special Collections

UCL’s Special Collections contains UCL’s collection of historical, academic and culturally significant works.  It is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK.

The outreach team at UCL’s Special Collections is passionate about sharing their collections and want to offer activities and projects for our local communities that suit people’s interests and needs. If you are starting to research heritage with a group in Newham, they may be able to arrange a workshop or a project with you please get in touch, they would love to hear from you!

UCL’s Education programme is free for schools and community groups in Newham and the other 3 neighbouring boroughs of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest) and Camden. If you are a school wishing to explore the heritage of your building, area or the surrounding community, UCL may be able to offer support and free activities to enrich your school project.

Moving to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – construction underway for a new campus opening in 2022

UCL East is a founding partner of East Bank, the new cultural and education district on the Olympic Park. They will be joined by world-renowned institutions such as the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, the BBC and UAL’s London College of Fashion – with an ambition that is even bigger than the sum of their parts.

University College London: Special Collections's Records
Stratford Library
May 2020

A training resource developed for Heritage Month by UCL Special Collections Head of Outreach Vicky Price. This informative video has been made for people who are new to research and...


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Newham Heritage Month is an online heritage festival running throughout June, with new heritage records being added daily and a range of workshops any other free virtual events to take part in.

1 - 31 May 2021