Edge Hill Archive

Call for archive materials

Help us fill the blanks in Edge Hill's history. Call for material for the Edge Hill archive. Email: lsarchives@edgehill.ac.uk Tel: 01695 657518

Can you help us fill the blanks in Edge Hill’s history?

Since 1885 Edge Hill has been a part of local contexts and communities, whether in Liverpool or Ormskirk or indeed Bingley. We would like to understand those histories better and need your help. We have been working to promote Edge Hill’s archive and welcome additions for consideration from any source. With our new purpose-built archive storage facilities, we are now able to expand that work.

We are now looking to find any material relating to our history.
If you have any photographs, documents, diaries, letters or artefacts relating to Edge Hill which you would like to share with us please refer to the ‘What to do next?’ section below or contact our Archivist, Dan Copley, by email lsarchives@edgehill.ac.uk or telephone  01695 657518

Please note: under current restrictions, viewing of items in the archive is by appointment only. Where possible, items will be made available to view digitally. Please email to make further arrangements.

How important is your material to us?

The University originated as Edge Hill College in 1885 in Liverpool, moved out to Ormskirk in the 1930s and during the Second World War was evacuated to Bingley, Yorkshire, when the Ormskirk site was requisitioned for use as a military hospital.  Therefore, the archive is a significant legacy for the history of teacher training and women’s education but also for broader social histories.

The expansion of Edge Hill in recent decades means its history has a great deal to tell us about the development of higher education in Britain as well as the changing experiences of those who studied and were employed here. Each milestone changed and broadened the horizons of what Edge Hill University is today. But Edge Hill has not just been about what happens on the campus, it has welcomed students and employees from diverse backgrounds and been a stepping stone for them into the future.

Will my material be looked after?

Your material will be housed in environmentally controlled conditions and stored in a way that meets archival standards. Access is only permitted by appointment and a reference service allows users to view documents- no loan is permitted.

What if I want to keep my original documents?

We have a digitisation service which enables us to make copies for our retention and return the originals to the owner.

 Can I access the records?

Any researcher or member of the public can access records unless restrictions have been imposed due to sensitivity of the material. We ask that you make an appointment to visit us.

What do I do next?

Material can be shared in several ways:

  • Lent to us for copying
  • Lent to us for permanent storage but ownership retained
  • Donated to us

Please email lsarchives@edgehill.ac.uk or call 01695 657518 to discuss next steps.

About the Archive

HRH The Princess Royal visiting the Catalyst Archive

HRH The Princess Royal visiting the Catalyst Archive

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 – Thursday 9.00am- 17.00pm. Please note that all archive appointments must be pre-booked. You can download the University Archive Catalogue to view a list of many of the materials held within the archive. However, this is not a complete list of holdings, so please contact the archive service if you are interested in something that does not appear on the catalogue.


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

Collections Management

For information on collections management, please see our Collection Management Policy for Special Collections and Archives.


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.


Sepia photograph of the cast of a drama production at Edge Hill College

Sepia photograph of the cast of a production of Macbeth, circa 1921, at the original Edge Hill College, Durning Road, Liverpool.

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 Thursday. 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. We are keen to explore ways of incorporating archives into teaching and research.
Due to current restrictions, no visitors are allowed in the archive. However, space can be booked, with advance notice, so that items can be viewed in a safe, socially distanced environment. We can also arrange sessions where students can handle items from the archive and have the opportunity to look at things close-up.

Watercolour painting of the Ormskirk campus main building.

Watercolour of the Ormskirk campus main building. Artist unidentified, 1950s.

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 projects
  • Exhibitions
  • Promoting the University
  • Research

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.