Our news feed contains information about new resources, newly catalogued or acquired archive collections, current and upcoming projects and events, and service developments.
Information about past work at the Modern Records Centre is included in our annual reports and information bulletins (available online from 1996/7 to 2016/7). Recordings of several past events are also available - the student-led Open Education Series, 2014-2016, and the schools project Archives Alive, 2016.
Travelling to campus in July and August
There are a number of events on campus over the summer which will impact travel and parking. If you are coming to use the search room in July and August please be aware that your normal route may be affected. For more information see:
The MRC will be celebrating the opening of the new Faculty of Arts Building at FAB Fest on Friday 20 May. Join us at FAB for two events, showcasing the MRC's collections and highlighting our collaborative work with academic departments.
Come celebrate the new with the old and step back in time with the Modern Record Centre. Flick through back issues of the Boar, marvel at the original University charter and discover the green fields of campus past. Drop in and browse a whole array of archival material, take part in our caption competition and pick up a free MRC postcard.
Family History Workshop
Do you want to research your family tree but don’t know where to start? Have you already made a start and found yourself stuck at a particular point and need some help? Or perhaps you have exhausted online resources and want to know what information you might find at your local archives. Come along to the Family History Workshop for research advice, informative leaflets and an opportunity to search some of the most popular online websites for free!
Reopening to external researchers
The Modern Records Centre will be reopening to all researchers by appointment only on Monday 28th June 2021.
Our opening hours from 28th June will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 4pm
Sessions are bookable for mornings (9.00-1.00) and/or afternoons (1.00-5.00/4.00 on Friday).
What new measures are in place due to Covid-19?
A maximum of five researchers can now be accommodated in the searchroom.
All researchers are now required to book a place and order documents a minimum of 24 hours before your visit (though more notice is preferred). This allows us to ensure that a desk space is available and that the documents can be produced in advance.
In line with university guidance, it will be left to personal choice whether visitors wear face coverings whilst seated, but we request that you wear a face covering whilst moving around in the building.
Hand sanitiser is available at the searchroom entrance.
A one way system is in place at the entrance.
We strongly encourage all visitors to complete a Lateral Flow Test and obtain a negative result prior to attendance.
Additional information about using the Modern Records Centre is available elsewhere on our website.