College Archives

8 February 2018

2024 will see 150 years since the incorporation of Hertford College in 1874.  To mark this anniversary, Prof Christopher Tyerman has been commissioned to write a history of the College and its predecessor bodies, Magdalen Hall and Hart Hall (the first Hertford College). Our Archives hold a substantial collection of the College’s administrative records. Recent donations to the Archives have included the diaries of John Dewar Denniston, Classics Fellow at Hertford from 1913-1949; and personal photographs taken by Thomas Roberts, an engineering student at Hertford who was killed in the Normandy landings in 1944. However, there are still significant gaps in documenting the activities and experiences of academic staff, students and College staff. We would be very grateful if any alumni or individuals with a connection to the College have material that they may be willing to donate to the Archives. We are particularly interested in collecting the following:

  • Personal papers of Fellows, College Staff, Servants and Alumni, if they are  illustrative of the history of the College or its predecessors
  • Official College photographs and personal photographs of individuals with a close connection to the College, or that are illustrative of College life
  • Records of College societies and related organisations
  • Records relating to significant events in the life of the College
  • Ephemera such as postcards, newspaper cuttings, menus and programmes

If you have material that might be of interest:

Please do not send material into College, but contact Prof C Tyerman or the Archivist Dr Lucy Rutherford on archives [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk;

Tel: 018625 279409 or c/o Hertford College, Catte St, Oxford, OX1 3BW.

Please visit our webpages at for further information about our Collecting Policy and making a donation to the Archives.