Our Archives

This website will aim to provide news, information and updates on all of the archival collections held here at the University of East London, (UEL).  The UEL Library and Learning Service currently holds important archival collections, in both digital and physical formats, in relation to the academic disciplines associated with theatre studies; refugee and forced migration studies; and sports science.

At present, the archives currently held at UEL include the following digital and physical collections:-

Digital Archives

The East London Theatre Archive (ELTA) online digital archive.

  • An online database of performing arts resources, from playbills and programmes to press cuttings and photographs.  Further Details.

The Online Theatre Histories Archive, formerly CEDAR.

  • Originally entitled,  CEDAR – Clustering and Enhancing Digital Archives Research.  CEDAR has now finished its project-phase and we have launched the Online Theatre Histories Archive at www.otha.org.ukFurther Details.

roar@UEL – Institutional Repository

  • roar@UEL (Research Open Access Repository at UEL) is the new digital repository service developed to host and promote the research materials produced by University of East London academics.   Further Details.

ELL2012 – East London Legacy 2012 Archive

  • ELL2012 is a digital ‘living archive’ documenting the lives and experiences of East Londoners towards the 2012 Games.  Further Details.

Podiatry Slides Collection

Currently located within our Stratford Campus Library, LLS currently possesses a unique collection of UEL copyright slides devoted to Podiatry. The collection of approximately 3500 – 4000 slides formerly belonged to the London Foot Hospital. With this project we aim to digitise relevant Podiatry slide materials and to make this unique digital collection available by Summer 2010 through our Library Catalogue.

Physical Archives

The Refugee Council Archive.

  • This is the Archive of the Refugee Council, one of the largest charities within the UK working directly to support refugees.  Formed in 1951 in response to the creation of the 1951 UN Convention for Refugees, the Archive contains both a history of the organisation and a special collection of secondary literature.  Currently located at the UEL Docklands Campus Library. Further Details.

The Hackney Empire Theatre Archive.

  • Originally deposited by Roland Muldoon, who had been artistic director of the Theatre, during 2007, this collection contains a broad range of materials relating to Muldoon’s creative career including posters, programmes, audio-visual materials and other ephemera relating to Hackney Empire after its rebirth in 1986. Currently located at UEL Stratford Campus Library.   Further Details.

The British Olympic Association Archive and Library.

  • The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Archive contains material relating to the history and work of the Association from 1906-2009.  Currently located at the UEL Docklands Campus Library. Further Details.

The East London People’s Archive.

  • This is an oral history collection established and developed by  Eastside Community Heritage as a means of recording and preserving the history and heritage of East London communities.  Currently located at the UEL Docklands Campus Library.  Further Details.

The University of East London Institutional Archive.

  • The institutional archive for the University of East London, charting he history of the organisation’s development from technical college, to polytechnic and finally as a modern new University.  Currently located at the UEL Docklands Campus Library.   Further Details.



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