Online resources

The University of Westminster Archive has several online resources, showcasing digitised collections and exhibitions produced by Archive staff. We have also recently launched an online catalogue.

The Polytechnic Magazine

The Polytechnic Magazine was the in-house magazine of the Regent Street Polytechnic, founded by Quintin Hogg. It was published sometimes weekly, sometimes fortnightly and sometimes monthly – and forms a wide-ranging record of a unique institution at the heart of London.

We have digitised all issues of the Polytechnic Magazines from 1879 to 1960. Each issue is fully text-searchable and available free of charge [please note new web address for this resource]:

Visit the Digitised Polytechnic Magazine.

Oral History website

The University of Westminster Archive has been running an Oral History Project since 2010 recording memories of the Regent Street Polytechnic and Polytechnic of Central London. Oral history is composed of spoken testimony, stories and experience and is a valuable way of capturing individual understandings and perspectives of the recent past. Although official documents provide a vital window into the past, oral history often provides a much richer picture of what life was really like and what people really thought.

The University of Westminster has undergone many significant changes in its lifetime from the days of the Regent Street Polytechnic when people took courses in mainly vocational subjects, to the politically charged days of the Polytechnic of Central London when student protests were commonplace.

On this website you will find excerpts from some of the many audio interviews we have in our collection. The full interviews are available to listen to by appointment in our archive reading room.

Visit the Oral History website.

Archigram Archival project

The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, an architectural research group at the University of Westminster. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and made possible by the members of Archigram and their heirs, who retain copyright of all images.

The Archigram Archival Project (AAP) is a purely digital resource, displaying digital versions of works held in many different collections. The main collections are the Archigram Archive, held and run by Dennis Crompton and the Ron Herron Archive, held and run by Simon Herron, but work from other personal Archigram collections and public collections has also been made available through this current project.

The AAP and the University does not own any of the work, nor does it hold copyright of these original items. Items can be viewed openly online at a restricted resolution as agreed with Archigram; however, a high-resolution version may be seen by researchers by appointment at the University of Westminster Archive. Please see our pages on public access to the archive for information on how to make an appointment. The University of Westminster Archive does NOT process copyright requests for images on the Archigram website. Please see the website's FAQs for details of the copyright permission process.

Visit the Archigram Archival Project.

Chinese Poster Collection

The University of Westminster’s Chinese Poster Collection is a unique collection of around 900 posters spanning the 1950s to the 1980s. Most of the collection dates from the 1960s to the 1970s, making it an important resource for study of the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976). The collection also has a range of memorabilia from the same period, such as puzzles and toys, badges, handkerchiefs and ration coupons, tickets and receipts, postcard and print sets, picture books (lianhuanhua), paper cuts and a small but valuable library of books on Chinese art of the period.

The collection was founded in 1977 by the writer and journalist John Gittings, then Senior Lecturer in Chinese at the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL). Over the years it grew, with contributions from colleagues, students and friends who studied and travelled in China during the 1960s and 1970s. More recently the collection has acquired a number of posters from the 1950s. It is the largest public collection of its kind in Europe and the US and its historical significance and contents attract visitors from the EU, US and China, including film-makers, curators and collectors as well as academics and PhD students of visual culture and film studies, modern history, politics and international relations, and museums and collections.

Some of the posters have been digitised and can be viewed online at chinaposters.westminster.ac.uk/zenphoto.

History of Mass Tourism

The Polytechnic Touring Association archive has recently been digitised for inclusion in a new educational resource produced by Adam Matthews Digital. The website brings together collections from multiple archives, and presents an untapped multinational perspective on the evolution of affordable tourism essential for both students and researchers of social and cultural history. This resource can be accessed free of charge from within the University at  masstourism.amdigital.co.uk. Please contact the Archive for any further assistance. 

1908 and 1948 Olympic Games

Material from the University of Westminster Archive relating to the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games has also recently been digitised and can be viewed on the Sporting Cities website.

During the summer of 2012, Archive Services mounted an exhibition detailing the University's long association with the Olympic Games and many sporting achievements. This exhibition can now be viewed online in our online exhibitions.

Online exhibitions

Browse our online exhibitions featuring documents and images from the University of Westminster’s Archive collections covering World War One and the Olympic Games.

University of Westminster timeline

You can find information about the history of the University of Westminster, including dates of our predecessor institutions on this timeline.

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