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.

Donations:
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.

03 November 2017

Almost two years ago, Hew Prendergast emailed the College about his ancestor, Sir Harry North Dalrymple Prendergast (BC 1849-50). We were thrilled to hear from a descendent of such an illustrious OB, and invited Hew to speak to our 4th Form. Much to their delight, Hew brought along one of Sir Harry’s swords. It was fascinating to see an object with such an exciting story; an object which also prompted me to learn more about the sword that had once been kept in the College’s chapel, above Sir Harry’s plaque.

29 September 2017

Over the years, we’ve had many exciting events at Brighton College – several of which are documented in the archive. Out of these, one really stands out. I would even go as far as to say it is mentioned at least once a week, usually by an Old Brightonian. This event is the Queen’s visit in 1962.

14 August 2017

An Old Brightonian's return to visit the College can be a daunting experience when faced with the extraordinary changes and developments that may have taken place since they left the place. Most of the College is of course largely untouched and instantly recognisable, but some parts will be completely new to most of you.

24 July 2017

We continue the saga of our Victorian pupil, in the month of February.

23 June 2017

Brighton College has in its archives a very, very small diary. Measuring no bigger than 6cm by 9cm, it contains four months’ worth of brief, scribbled entries in the life of Charles Campbell Ross, a precocious 12-year-old who would later become an MP for the Conservative Party in the St. Ives Constituency. In the next several blog posts, we will exhume and examine the ups and downs of his young life in the context of attending school at BC.

16 February 2017

Andrew Potter (Br. 1957-62) recently got in touch with a set of photographs. Dating between 1952 and 1957, the images show Brighton College Junior School.

10 January 2017

Malcolm McVittie recently wrote a letter to the Head Master, describing his father’s experiences after leaving school. This letter recounted a story of bravery and perseverance.

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.

Old Brightonians Office:

Brighton College
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Brighton, BN2 0AL


ob@oldbrightonians.com
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