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College fashions uncovered

Bedford College and Royal Holloway College were both pioneering establishments in the movement of women’s higher education in the nineteenth century, and they opened in 1849 and 1886 respectively. The creation and development of both colleges is documented through the diverse assortment of material held in the College Archives. This material is available for anyone to use to research a wide range of topics and themes.

Through this pilot exhibition original materials from the College Archives including reminiscences, photographs, magazines and correspondence, are used to portray the attitudes to and experiences of clothes and fashions for generations of Bedford and Royal Holloway College students and staff.

We do hope you enjoy the exhibition and if you have any questions or comments please contact us!

Exhibition researched and created by Helen Wigginton. 


Where copyright is not held by RHUL, every effort to trace the copyright holder has been made. Anyone who believes they are the copyright holder of material used in this exhibition should contact the archives.

Permission to use material

Visitors to this exhibition are welcome to use any information displayed for non-commercial purposes on the condition that the correct references are used and that credit is given to the author.

If you want to use material from this exhibition online, please ensure our website address: www.rhul.ac.uk/archives is published on your site.

If you do use material from this exhibition, please send us a copy of the work, or email us a link to its use online.

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Archivist: Annabel Valentine 

College Archives and Special Collections
Founder's Library
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX


Tel: +44 (0)1784 443814 (internal x3814)
Email: archives@royalholloway.ac.uk


Opening hours:


9.30-1 and 2-4.30

Visits to see original documents are by prior appointment only.


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