Our Archives and Collections are highly valued by the school and regularly used by pupils, teachers and alumni as well as the general public.
Stored onsite in purpose designed accommodation, the archives contain records of the school’s activities, administration and alumni, predominately dating from the 1868 split from Westminster Abbey. Additional records covering the earlier period of the school’s history can be found in the Westminster Abbey Muniment Room and Library. The Archivist, Elizabeth Wells, also manages the school’s collections, including works of art, rare books, manuscripts and a wide range of artefacts.
Our collection of rare books is particularly strong, containing the bulk of the library amassed by Head Master, Dr Richard Busby, during the 17th Century. There is also a significant collection of Latin and Greek Grammars, dating back to the 16th Century. The school continues to collect first and fine editions of works by Old Westminsters.
We are always keen to add relevant material to the Archives. Diaries, correspondence, photographs and other papers all increase the richness of the collections. Should you have any items relating to your, or a relative’s, time at the school that you would like to donate, please do get in touch.
If you have an enquiry relating to the history of the school please send your request to the Archivist. The school receives many enquiries we will not always be able to answer immediately as it can sometimes take time to carry out the necessary research. Please supply as much background information to your query as possible, particularly if you are tracing an ancestor who may have attended the school. Researchers are welcome but as we operate within a busy school access to the collections is by appointment only.
We are working hard to publish more information about our Archives and Collections online. Take a look at our projects below to learn more.
Find out more about what goes on behind the scenes and learn more about some of our hidden treasures.Read more
Burlington's Arch is an iconic feature in the Westminster landscape. Here we look at its history and reveal some of the faces behind the names.Read more
Our dedicated YouTube channel houses fascinating footage of the School from as far back as 1939.Watch here
A Westminster pupil from 1905-1909, Lawrence Tanner's diaries provide a vivid insight into school life and wider society at the turn of the century.Read more
A great many Old Westminsters fought bravely in WW1. Here we pay tribute to their lives and service and document visits to their memorials.Read more
Edward Lear visited Greece in 1848. Here we reunite Lear's journal with some of the pictures he drew and painted on the trip.Read more
Our Oral History project records interviews with people who have interesting memories of the school. Listen to some excerpts on our YouTube channel.Listen here
The Town Boy Ledgers, which start in 1815, provide a vivid account of school boy experiences at the heart of the capital spanning over 100 years.Read more
Our official school magazine, which launched in 1874, has now been fully digitised and is available to search online.Read more