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Archives and Special Collections: Home

What's in the Archives and Special Collections? Who do I contact?

  • Archives & Special Collections are managed by Bournemouth University Library and Learning Support. It provides access to collections which supports research of BU's Academic School/Faculties and secures, where possible through the quality or uniqueness of its collections, distinction within the higher education community.
  • We hold approx. 300+ metres of boxed materials in Talbot Campus Library mobile shelves, containing print documents and files plus some microfilm and audio visual materials. We also have 940+ boxes of print documents and files in an off site storage facility (mainly the IBA Archive). We have a process for requesting items for archive researchers.
  • Access to the archives is by appointment only (Mon-Thurs 9.30am-4.30pm, Fri 10am-4pm) and requires at least 20 working days' notice. Up to 8 files may be researched per day.
  • Please email archivesandspecialcollections@bournemouth.ac.uk or call 01202 965959.
  • https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/students/library/using-library/archives-special-collections

Staff and Researchers

For the ITA/IBA Cable Authority Archive 1953-1990, held off site, special arrangements are in place and you will need to make an appointment to view the material.

Archives and Special collections journals, such as The Listener and Radio Times, can be requested through the Help Zone or by emailing archivesandspecialcollections@bournemouth.ac.uk

Student use

If you wish to use the archives and special collections held at The Sir Michael Cobham Library, please apply using the Special Collections Permission Form. Forms are also available from the Help Zone. Please arrange to have the form countersigned by your tutor. This agreement is valid for one academic year, so you will only need to complete the form once.

Once you have a completed form, please contact archivesandspecialcollections@bournemouth.ac.uk to arrange access. Further advice and support is available at the Help Zone.

External Users

Jisc Archives Hub

Currently, some of our collections are listed in the Jisc Archive Hub resource.

[Link added to this Guide October 2021]