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Archive Department

The Archive department collects and preserves records relating to Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Prep and makes them available for research. In addition to the official records of Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Prep, and the Cheltonian Association and Society, we hold records relating to all aspects of College life, including letters, magazines, minutes, photographs, prints and drawings, programmes, and pupil registration forms. An extensive library, comprising books by (or about) Old Cheltonians, on the local area, military regiments and on schools and education, is also available.

The archives are currently uncatalogued and in 2017 a programme to catalogue core College and Prep records was commenced.

Visiting the Archive

The archives are open to researchers by appointment only, Monday to Friday 9.30-16.30 (excluding public holidays). The archives staff are pleased to help and advise researchers, and may also undertake limited research on their behalf. This research service is undertaken at the discretion of the archivist.

Please note that staff may restrict or limit access to some records. Under the Data Protection Act, records containing the personal data of individual(s) are closed within their lifetime. However, any past pupil or employee may have access to material which relates solely to him or herself.


If you have, or aware of, any documents or artefacts relating to College or former pupils, staff or Council members we would love to hear from you. For further information, please contact