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School History & Archives

School History & Archives

The Archive Department collects and preserves records and artefacts relating to the history of Cheltenham College, makes them available for research and manages our programme of talks, tours and displays.

The Archive Department holds the official records of Cheltenham College, Cheltenham College Preparatory School, and the Cheltonian Society, as well as records relating to all aspects of College life. This includes 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 for all to use. 

Visiting the Archive 

If you have a personal connection with Cheltenham College or are interested in studying our history, you are welcome to get in touch

Our archives are open to researchers by appointment only, Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm (excluding public holidays). We will be pleased to help and advise you with your research and may also undertake limited research on your behalf. This research service is undertaken at the discretion of the Records & Heritage Manager. 

Please note that we may restrict or limit access to some records. Under the current data protection legislation, records containing the personal data of individuals 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 are aware of, any documents or artefacts relating to College or former pupils, staff or Council members then we would love to hear from you. 


For further information, please contact the Archives team at