Welcome to the digital exhibition Student life in the University of Liverpool Archive

The exhibition draws upon a variety of archival material (including photographs, diaries, and publications) from within the University Archive. This material has been curated in order to build a picture of student life at the University of Liverpool from the creation of University College in 1881 and throughout the 20th century. 

"A glance through my diaries reveals how busy life was. The week beginning 20th November 1938 lists talk by Prof. Allen on 'Japan', hostel mass meeting & choir practice, a P.P.U. meeting, two 'Keep Fit' classes, a meeting with the Lord Mayor at the Social Service Club, a Peace-Council sub-committee, a Film & talk on China, three thesis discussion sessions, a Birthday party, rowing at Chester and the Hostel dance. Somewhere between all these was academic work."

Recollections of Gilbert Marson, 1936-1940 (Ref: D716/1/15)


Find out more about the University Archive

Special Collections & Archives cares for and makes available in perpetuity the unique and distinctive collections of the University of Liverpool in support of the University’s teaching, research and public engagement. 

The University Archive is held within Special Collections and Archives at the Sydney Jones Library. It comprises administrative records, personal papers of former staff and students, photographs and objects relating to the history and function of the institution since its very beginning. For more information see the collection overview webpage for the University Archive here

Contact us at scastaff@liverpool.ac.uk for further information. 

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Help us to expand the University Archive

We are creating an archive of staff and student experiences of University life during the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations of researchers, and we need your help! Read more on the Pandemic Archive here.


How to use this website  

This website provides access to over 200 digital images of archival material held within Special Collections and ArchivesThe images displayed on this site are provided for educational and private research purposes only. Information on creators and rights is provided within the metadata for each individual item (click on each image to access the metadata). 

The exhibition is categorised into themes. Begin viewing the exhibition through the hyperlink below. We will add new themes in the future, including a display on student activism.

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