Archives and Special Collections

Our Archives and Special Collections are rare or unique, such as original letters and artwork, with particular strengths in arts activism, animation and photography.

For inspiration and research, we are open to all through appointment, whether you fancy taking a look at the Roobarb images in the animation archive of Bob Godfrey, at our art school archives, or at the activist collections, including those of photographer Tessa Boffin.

We welcome visitors to the archive. If you are interested in volunteering with us, we would also be very interested in hearing from you. Volunteering opportunities exist in helping with exhibitions, cataloguing and developing games. Please email us to find out more.

Access the archives

Archives and Special Collections are available to staff, students and the external public and are located in each of our Libraries. To book an appointment, please email us.  

If you require us to undertake research on your behalf, we offer a historical research service for £25 for half an hour/£50 for an hour. There is no charge if you wish to do research in our archives yourself.

We have produced a study guide which you may wish to look at before your visit. It covers how to use the archive catalogue and how to handle the archives.

Study guide

Special Collections

Our Special Collections include:

Archives catalogue

The archive catalogue contains descriptions of all of our collections. Please note that cataloguing is ongoing, and that not all of our records will appear on our catalogue.

See How do I search the database? for a guide to how to use the catalogue. Special collections are accessible on the Library catalogue. Our collection descriptions are also available to search on the Archives Hub.

Learning and teaching

Research guides

Learning resources are available through our research guides.  We also have school resources available. 

Digital images

Images of our collections can be found on Flickr. You can also see a selection of our content on the UCA books showcase.

Case studies

Examples of our case studies of previous workshops can be found on our blog.

News and events

Check out our blog to read about the latest events and activities.

Thinking of donating?

Thank you very much for your interest! Please see our guide for further information.