This website provides details of Westminster School’s Archive & Collections

To help users browse, we have divided the archive and collections into six groups:

  1. Rare Books and Manuscripts
  2. This includes the bulk of the library amassed by Head Master, Dr Richard Busby, during the 17th Century; the library of the mathematician, Dr John Pell; a significant collection of Latin and Greek Grammars used by pupils, dating back to the 16th Century; first and fine editions of works by Old Westminsters, initially collected by Godfrey Greene and now maintained and extended by the school; some medieval manuscripts and incunabula.

  3. School Archive
  4. Records of the school’s activities, administration and alumni. Includes photographs, oral history recordings, school publications, governing body minutes, plans of school buildings and much more...

  5. Works of Art
  6. Works of art owned and displayed at Westminster School.

  7. Objects
  8. In this section you will find: silverware and trophies; our coin collection containing Greek, Roman and Anglo-Saxon coins; archaeological finds; uniform; clocks; furniture; and other artefacts.

  9. Personal Papers
  10. Personal papers of some former pupils, staff and others associated with Westminster School.

  11. Associated Organisations
  12. Including records of Westminster Under School, The Elizabethan Club, Westminster School Society and The Old Westminsters' Lodge.

What information can I find using this website?

The catalogue entries on this site include descriptions of materials held in the school’s archive and collections. In some instances, there will also be a digital object associated with the catalogue entry - in the form of a digitised version of the hard-copy original, or a copy of the born-digital file stored in our electronic archive.

How do I use the catalogue?

Please see the help page for hints and tips on how to use our catalogue.

What if I can't find what I'm looking for?

It will take time for us to fully populate our catalogue with information about all of the archives and collections that we hold and we will be working on this over the next few years and releasing new archival descriptions as they are ready. In the meantime please do contact us by emailing archives@westminster.org.uk if you can't find what you are looking for and we will be happy to help you.

How was this online catalogue created?

We have used AtoM (Access to Memory) to make this catalogue available.

AtoM is a collaborative project with the aim to provide the international archival community with a free, open source software application to manage archival descriptions using the International Council on Archives standards.

Do I need to log in?

No, you do not need to log in to use AtoM. You can see all the information that you need to see without logging in.