In this exhibition we explore 150 years of Newnham Library & Archive collections. Decade by decade, we suggest ways in which our collections have developed to reflect the College’s history and its growth as a centre of education, learning and research

From founding documents of the 1870s held in the College Archives, the growth of student societies in the 1880s, the move to a new Library building in the 1890s, via various donations of books by supporters and alumnae, we move from the earliest decades of college collections into the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Original working library material becomes historically significant in later years; records from the College Archives shed light on the College’s early outreach activities; rare books and special collections continue to grow through donations, and are celebrated through displays and exhibitions. In more recent decades, new accommodation for special collections is provided, while library staff catalogue the collections in more depth and conservators assist with advice and expertise in the preservation of materials. The future brings prospects for new research and new discoveries and for sharing materials through digitisation projects. We hope you enjoy our exhibition!