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Special Collections + Maughan Library Tour

Special Collections + Maughan Library Tour In-Person

The Maughan Library was formerly the home to the headquarters of the Public Record Office, known as the "strong-box of the Empire" and was acquired by the university in 2001.

Designed by Sir James Pennethorne and constructed in 1851, with further extensions made between 1868 and 1900, it is a Grade II listed building. Inside the library is a dodecagonal reading room, inspired by that of the British Museum, and a former medieval chapel, now an exhibition space showcasing the special collections of the library. The library was named in honour of Sir Deryck Maughan, an alumnus of the university.

The collections at the Maughan Library supports the teaching and research interests of Humanities, Law and Science including:

  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Computer science
  • English
  • Film studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Theology & religious studies
  • War studies.

The Foyle Special Collections Library holds over 200,000 items – printed books, pamphlets and periodicals, as well as maps, slides, manuscripts, typescripts and photographs – ranging in date from the 15th century to the present day.

Many items are extremely rare; some are unique. All offer a wealth of opportunities for teaching and research, and together they form part of our local, national and international documentary heritage.

The Foyle Special Collections Library is open to King's staff and students and to external readers.

The collections, built up over centuries by purchase, gift and bequest, contain many unique items and cover all subject areas, but they are particularly strong in:

  • European military and diplomatic history
  • Jewish and Christian theology
  • The history of the British Empire
  • The history of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • 20th century Germany
  • Voyages and travels

Tour to last around 90 minutes comprising:

  • 50 minutes show-and-tell in the Weston Room (led by Katie Sambrook or Adam Ray)
  • 40 minutes Services/Architectural walking tour of Maughan Library (led by Pete Garner)

Meeting point is outside at the by the main gates of the Maughan Library

Friday, August 12, 2022
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
UK, Ireland, Lisbon Time (change)
Strand Campus

Registration is required. There are 7 seats available.

Please cancel your registration asap if you cannot attend – cancellation link is in your confirmation email