What are archives?
People, businesses, and institutions in the course of their lives and work create and keep records as evidence of their activities. Those records which are no longer needed for their original day-to-day purposes but have informational and/or research value will be kept permanently as archives. Not all records have informational and/or research value and are therefore not kept as archives. Archives can comprise written material (letters, ledgers, reports), photographs, maps, film and tape, and digital media.
The word 'archive' is used interchangeably for both the place where the material is stored and the material itself.
Archives are very important as they can help us to understand the past and show us how the past has shaped our own lives, our institutions, and our environment.
What archives do we hold?
Administrative records such as admissions registers, pupil reports, Board of Governors minutes, and examination results; photographs; architects' plans and building records; School publications; House records; Combined Cadet Force records; papers relating to School sports clubs; material relating to School theatrical productions, such as programmes, posters, and videos; material relating to School events, such as Speech Days and Founder's Day, and anniversaries; items of uniform; press cuttings; biographical information relating to eminent former pupils; Edward Alleyn Club material.
Please note that some records in the Archive are confidential and depending on their age may be closed or have access restrictions.
What do we collect?
We are continually seeking to add to the archive collections and welcome donations of material falling into the categories above, and in particular papers relating to individual pupils' time at the School. For example, school reports, photographs, items of uniform, and journals or diaries. We also seek to collect School-related ephemera and artifacts.
If you wish to donate any material please write to or email the Archivist as we do not accept unsolicited material.
How can we help you?
If you have an enquiry please write to or email the Archive and we will endeavour to answer this for you. The Archivist works Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesday.
Please contact us if you feel your requirements will involve extensive research, as due to space limitations and staffing resources at the moment we can only offer a very limited service to visitors to the Archive. Visits to the Archive are by appointment only.
Contacting the Archive