The Whitgift Archive is an important collection of historic documents, photographs, records, and memorabilia, which adjoins the Raeburn Library. It consists of Whitgift School and Whitgift Foundation records, much of which can be accessed by serious researchers, through appointment.
The majority of the collection is housed in a purpose-built, secure archive store, with state-of-the-art rolling shelving, air conditioning, and a fire protection system.
In addition, there is an Archive Display Room where students, staff, and visitors, can view documents and objects, from the collection, on offer. There is also a small reference library, specialising in public schools and education, the early history of charities, and local and family history research. A rolling display featuring a selection of photographs from the early 1880s onwards, of Whitgift life, also features. Subjects of these photographs include Sport, Prefects, Houses, the Combined Cadet Force, Corps of Drums; the School at both its North End home, and at Haling Park; aerial views of the School, and grounds, as well as various events that have taken place over the School’s history.
Donations to the Archive regarding all aspects of life at Whitgift School, and the Whitgift Foundation are welcome; many of the photographs in the rolling display have been donated by Whitgiftians. When necessary, we will scan and return photographs that are of sentimental value. The archive does, however, reserve the right to decline, on occasion, donations where the item is already held in any quantity such as Whitgiftian magazines, unless it is a rare issue, or if the item has been subject to storage in damp conditions.
If you wish to make a donation or have an enquiry regarding the School, or Foundation, you can get in touch with the Archive’s by using the contact details below. Please note that the archive collection is currently being re-catalogued, and there may be a delay responding to enquiries.
Mr W. Wood
Administrator of the Archives
Mr D. Clifford