Edge Hill Archive

About the Archive

Archive images: Liverpool site entrance, Woman’s hockey, Liverpool gym

The Edge Hill University archive is the repository for the print and visual history of the institution from its foundation.

The University originated as Edge Hill College in 1885 in Liverpool and the archive is a significant legacy for the history of teacher training and women’s education.

The archive works with the alumni of the University to promote the collection to past students and welcomes additions for consideration from this source.

The archive manages enquiries and makes material available for use Monday – Friday 9.00am- 17.00pm. You can download the University Archive Catalogue to view an up to date list of everything held within the archive.

All enquiries should be sent to lsarchives@edgehill.ac.uk.


Exhibition: Art at Edge Hill (February 2017)


October- December
Learning Services remembers- the First World War


January – March
Creating an Identity- the history of Edge Hill through image
April – July
Eleanor Rathbone- celebrating her story (loaned by Liverpool City archives)
July- October
Ormskirk through maps (with selected maps from Lancashire Libraries)
November 2016- January 2017
The Leeds- Liverpool Canal – 200 years of history (loaned by the Canal & River Trust)


February- April
Creative expression: Art at Edge Hill 1900-2016
Lydiate: an Abbey, an inn, a village
(material lent by Friends of Lydiate Abbey)
Mapping Ormskirk: a town history
(material lent by Lancashire Libraries)
November 2017- February 2018
Military Medicine: women pioneers. Two female pioneers working in World War 1
(on loan from Liverpool Medical Institute)


‘Women will come into their rights’: the early history of the University through the lives of 3 women
Student Life 1885-2019: University archival material reflecting changing student life


What do we hold?

The archive is the repository for all material relating to the history of the University from 1885 to date. We also have collections relating to film studies, the Hillsborough tragedy and historic books.

How do I access the archive?

Just contact lsarchives@edgehill.ac.uk to make an appointment.

Can I borrow material?

No- all our material has historic value and much of it is fragile. It is kept in environmentally regulated conditions so access is restricted  to use in the building.

What are the archive opening times?

Staff can arrange access between 9am- 5pm Monday to Friday. Please discuss with us if you need access outside these times.

Can I bring staff and students to visit the archive?

We are happy to attend team meetings to explain what is in the archive and discuss how we can work with researchers and students.
Groups are welcome to visit although space is limited.

How do I know what you have?

Work has begun on the creation of a catalogue although this is at an early stage. We can however make it accessible to individuals, do ask for further details. It is not normally permissible to browse the collection itself.

How might I use the archive?

We are interested in using our material across the University. It may be suitable for:
Teaching & Learning project
Promoting the University
Research, particularly in the area of women’s education & teacher training.

Can I add material to the archive?

We are keen to receive appropriate donations. Please contact us to discuss any items you wish to donate.