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Collections and staff: summary information

Main archive collections

The Modern Records Centre is the main British repository for national archives of trade unions and employers' organisations, and also has strong collections relating to pressure groups, fringe political parties and cycling. The majority of our holdings date from the late 19th century onwards.

Our collections have been Designated by Arts Council England to reflect their outstanding significance and we are also an Accredited Archive Service.

The University of Warwick Archive

The University of Warwick Archive (UWA) contains the records of the University's central administration together with related material. These document the University's principal activities, functions and decisions.

University Library Special Collections & theses

The University Library's Special Collections consist of more than 16,000 rare and early publications printed in English, German, French and Italian, which date from the 16th century onwards.

Who's Who at the Modern Records Centre

Find out more about the staff working on the public service and behind the scenes.

Who has been using the archives?

To get an idea of the range of subjects which can be researched using the Modern Records Centre's collections, see the lists of academic books and articles which have cited our archives since 2012.

The BP (British Petroleum) Archive

The BP Archive is located in the same building as the Modern Records Centre but is a separate organisation.

For further information about their collection, please contact BP Archive staff directly at:

BP Archive, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL; telephone: 024 7652 4522; e-mail: