King's College London
Exhibitions & Conferences

Welcome to the online exhibitions of King's College London Archives & Special Collections

Here you can explore highlights of the College's uniquely rich and growing collections of more than 5 million archives, rare books, photographs and illustrations that span more than 500 years of world history.

These online exhibitions describe the innovative work of King's alumni which have helped transform the modern world - discoveries which include the unravelling of the DNA double helix and the development of the telegraph and colour photography.

They also highlight the particular strengths of the collections, which contain rich medical, dental or nursing-related material including psychiatry and hospital and public health records. Arts and humanities collections range from examples of American beat and concrete poetry to the history of modern Greece.

The holdings of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives cover more than a century of modern history, war, empire and exploration: visit 'The Serving Soldier' microsite and our online exhibitions to learn more.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Library Collection of 80,000 volumes on war, politics and diplomacy, travel, anthropology and the natural world includes a wealth of unique content ideal for use in teaching, learning and research. 

New online exhibitions are published each year to support College programmes including academic conferences and anniversaries; or to contribute to regional or national cultural festivals such as Open House Weekend and the Story of London. Alongside digital content, major physical exhibitions are also curated and are open to the public in the Weston Room of the Maughan Library in Chancery Lane: please visit our web pages regularly for news on forthcoming exhibitions.

The Archives also maintains a number of physical exhibitions around the Strand Campus, which are refreshed at regular intervals, and which can be viewed by College students and staff, and by visitors to King's.

Please note, our physical exhibitions are made available online after the original exhibition run has ended.

Regular news will highlight fascinating stories and recent discoveries and describe our many ongoing projects to support the work of the College. Learn more about our contribution to the cultural life of King's and the capital including cataloguing programmes, digitisation, smart phone apps, blogs, Somerset House East Wing, the AIM25 website, podcasts, microsites and much more.

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