Oral history

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.

Please contact Archive Services for more details

Take Part

Our Oral History Project is on-going and we are keen to hear from any alumni and former members of staff of the University of Westminster and it's predecessor bodies. If you would like to contribute your memories please use the contact form on this website giving your name, course taken, and dates of attendance.

Browse our topics

Clubs and societies

Club and society activities.


Westminster courses through the years.

Student life

Student life at the Polytechnic

The Poly Buildings

309 Regent Street and our other sites.


Staff at Westminster.

The Polytechnic Secondary School

The boys school on Regent Street.

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