The Brighton College Archive

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The records held by Brighton College Archive reflect our school's unique history. In an atmosphere that focuses on individual achievements, academic excellence and innovation, material is collected that will support our pupils' love of learning. The archive also offers a rich resource for Old Brightonians, researchers and genealogists. The Brighton College Archive comprises:

  • Records of the College; This includes records relating to staff, governors and trustees; deeds and legal papers; financial records; plans; school magazines; records relating to pupils, including registers, photographs and work.
  • Personal papers; Belonging to Old Brightonians (pupils and staff).
  • Artwork; A selection of prints and paintings of the College, as well artwork produced by past pupils and staff.
  • Heritage Collections; Alongside this archival material, we also hold a small heritage collection, which includes rare books and artefacts.


Research and enquiries:

Archive material can be accessed in the reading room at the College, by appointment only. If you would like to make an appointment, or have an enquiry, please get in touch with the school's archivist, Abigail Wharne.



If you think you have material that could be added to our collections, we always welcome donations. For further information, please see refer to our Donation Pack.

  • Andrew Potter (Br. 1957-1962) recently got in touch with a set of photographs. Dating between 1952 and 1957, the images show Brighton College Junior School. Andrew included many useful details in his accompanying message...

  • This Week 100 Years Ago: 7th December 1916

    Written by Ella Ticktin-Smith, Pupil Volunteer at BC Archive Wednesday, 07 December 2016

    You may remember that last time we delved into the wonders of the Brighton College minute book, the Council (now the Board of Governors) decided they would persuade Phoenix to pay for Anti-Aircraft and Bombardment Insurance for the College. This was on the 5th October 1916; this week we discover what happened during the following council meeting on the 7th December. Unfortunately, the council’s persuasive skills were not quite up to scratch. Phoenix ‘refused to bear any part of the cost’, but agreed to put £42 pounds as loan towards the total of £76, as was the previous agreement.

  • On the 5th October 1916, the Governors of Brighton College met to discuss the usual issues important people discuss; the school’s financial situation, insurance, the number of pupils, and the roof (the chairman came to the excellent conclusion that the roof would not need any further repairs for the remainder of the year).

  • ARCHIVE: Appeal for assistance: Sport Captains' names needed

    Written by Anthony Merrett, House Master, Leconfield Tuesday, 28 June 2016

    Dear Old Brightonians, We are trying to find out the names of old 1st team captains for rugby, football and cricket in order to find out which houses they belonged to at school. Their names will be put up on honours boards in their houses along with the year in which they captained the team.

  • The phrase "one picture is worth a thousand words" suggests that an image can more lucidly communicate a complex idea or experience. Perhaps overused, the idiom has lost some resonance over the years. However, I would argue my experiences in recent weeks, while searching for images linked to our roll of honour, have brought home the truth behind the phrase. In fact, three photographs had such a profound emotional impact, I felt the need to share them here.