History of the University of Birmingham: Highlights from the University Archives
This set is intended to provide a flavour of some of the events and key individuals featured in the history of the university from its origins in the nineteenth century institutions of Birmingham School of Medicine, Queen's College and Mason Science College to the University of Birmingham which was established in 1900. The tour illustrates some of the kinds of material that can be found in the institutional archives of the university and its predecessor and associated organisations. It focuses mainly on visual archives, particularly photographs, but the collections also contain minutes, correspondence, plans, financial records, publications and records of academic departments, corporate offices and student groups and societies, as well as papers of University staff and students.

The tour covers the period to 1980. The archives contain less visual material from the late twentieth century, but are rich in sources relating to the student experience for the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to the records of the Guild of Students.
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