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Christ College Archive

The majority of the Christ College Archive collection comprises objects, photographs, documents and textiles generously donated by Old Breconians. Some of them, such as recently acquired plans for the Big School building and correspondence from the 1850s, have historical significance; other more recent items, such as the first tour kit for girls (1990) and the new school tie (2008), will be remembered by current Old Breconians. All of them are part of the rich history of Christ College.

Several thousand individual items - ranging from early team photographs to examples of uniform, and from personal memorabilia to published sources - are housed in a suite of rooms in the Collections Centre in the Academic Block - known to many OBs as 'privateside' for School House Blue. Together they reveal aspects of the life of Christ College over many decades from the mid-19th century to the present.

Initially inspired by the dedication of John Payne and Anna Lang, and thanks to substantial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the beginnings of the Christ College Archive were secured in 2008. When the lottery-funded project officially came to an end in April 2010, the School led the Archive into a new phase. 

Mindful of the expanding need for storage, a new suite of rooms in the Academic Block was made available for archive administration and storage in 2011. The Collections Centre now accommodates several thousand items, all of them catalogued to Museum standards and carefully packed for safe storage and easy access.

OBs are the by far the most important donors to the Archive, each donation added to the Collection for current and future generations to enjoy.

With the unlimited possibilities that digital access allows, the Christ College Community Hub adds another dimension to the way that Archival material can be shared.

Visit the 1541 exhibition
Meet the Archivist

Chapel and Heritage Fund

Preserving our past for our future

Donations to the Chapel and Heritage Fund are used to actively support conservation of artefacts.

Read our recent news posts to find out how generous donors to this important fund have made a real difference to the future of our heritage.

Col. J J Jones restored

Refreshed livery for the Phillips Gates

Bishop Lucy's flagon resplendent once again

Purchase of an adjustable bench for the Chapel organ

Find out how you can make a difference



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