Who are we and what do we do?
The Homerton College Archives collections exist to preserve, educate and communicate the rich history of the College. These collections are available for consultation by staff, members, students at the College and external researchers, by appointment only. We aim to support researchers, so please get in touch with us with details of your research requirements and we will try our best to help. Email the archivist.
Research our collections online
We are continuously expanding our online catalogue, ArchiveSpace (introduced in 2022). It can be viewed here.
What is in the Archives?
The Archives contains records relating to the history of Homerton College, dating back to the 18th century. Our collections trace the roots of Homerton’s beginnings as a seminary in the London Borough of Hackney, its reestablishment in Cambridge in 1894, to the present day as part of the University of Cambridge.
The Archives contains a wide variety of documents reflecting our history between 1761 to present which includes:
- Academic records including student registers, examinations and curricula.
- Deeds and Leases from Homerton’s London and Cambridge properties.
- Papers relating to Homerton’s Congregationalist roots in London.
- Governance and administrative records.
- Bursarial and financial records.
- Papers relating to Cavendish College, which previously occupied the site of Homerton College.
- Records relating to the College’s architectural and botanical heritage.
- Collections of principals, educators and trustees including Joseph Lloyd Brereton, Earl Fortescue, Dr Kate Pretty and others.
- Artefacts relating to Cambridge’s social history and student life at Homerton.
- Artefacts relating to Homerton’s clubs, societies and sporting history.
- Early 20th century student art and handicrafts.
- Photographic prints, albums, artwork, architectural plans and audio visual materials.
Please be sure to contact the Archives team with reasonable notice if you would like to arrange a visit.