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Archives Centre

The University Archives Centre collects and makes accessible the institutional archives of London South Bank University (LSBU) and the institutions that is was amalgamated from. We hold material tracing LSBU's history from its foundation as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892 to the present day.

A history of the University and a timeline of events can be found on the History of LSBU webpage. Images showing the development of the University's Southwark campus and its satellite campuses and halls of residence over more than a century can be found on historypin.

Supporting Student Studies

The University Archives Centre is open to all LSBU students as well as staff and external researchers. Our records can be used to support your studies.

To help you locate relevant records we have produced a series of course and research related guides. Current LSBU students can download these from the Archives section of our student portal My LSBU. Any queries can be sent through to the centre; call 020 7815 6047 or email

For general information on accessing our archive records download A guide to using LSBU's Archives (PDF File 175 KB)

Search our Catalogue

Please see our Online Catalogue for detailed descriptions of our collections, which include records from:

  • London South Bank University
  • Battersea College of Education
  • Brixton School of Building
  • City of Westminster College
  • David Singmaster
  • Greater London Area War Risk Study (GLAWARS)
  • Local Endowed Charities
  • National College for Heating, Ventilating, Refrigeration & Fan Engineering
  • Rachel McMillan College of Education
  • Redwood College of Health Studies
  • South London Polytechnic Institutes
  • South West London College

Using our collections

Our Access Procedures (PDF File 115 KB) explain how to access the archives and how enquiries are handled. To view the Archives you will need to book an appointment and on arrival you will be requested to fill out a reader's registration form.

Donating to the archives

The University Archives Centre proactively collects material to enhance its holdings and welcomes relevant donations from outside sources. If you have anything you wish to donate please contact us.

Please see our Archive Collections Policy (PDF File 162 KB) for further details on the material we collect.


We are happy to answer enquiries on the history of the University and the items we hold, however we are unable to carry out extensive research.

Your student record

If you studied at LSBU or one of our amalgamated institutions and would like a copy of your transcript you can email us for it. For all courses except health email For health courses email

If you would like to access any other personal data held on you by the University, please see the University's Data Protection webpage.

Contact us

University Archives Officer
University Archives Centre
103 Borough Road

Tel: 020 7815 6047

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