Welcome to the Archives of Magdalen College, which contain over nine centuries of history about the College, its estates, and its members. The following pages will tell you more about what we hold here, and how to contact us or arrange a visit.

In most instances, enquiries sent to will be handled by the Archivist and Records Manager, Dr Richard Allen, or the Assistant Archivist and Records Manager, Dr Emily Jennings. Some exceptions apply, however.


Enquiries relating to T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935), D.G. Hogarth (1862-1927), and Lawrence’s official biographer, Jeremy Wilson (1944-2017), should be sent to the Wilson Project Archivist, Dr Lucy Smith at

Reprographic requests

The Archives team are able to fulfil small reprographic requests at no charge for images needed for private research or publication. Readers wishing to request images should complete the online form.


Enquiries relating to the College’s collection of Western manuscripts and incunables (MSS 1-221, plus MSS 223, 225, 228, 248, 251-272, 343, 405-406, 776-777, and 927) should be sent to the College Library at


The College has a large collection of paintings and associated objects (known as Chattels). Please contact Rachel Mehtar for any enquiries relating to the chattels, including image requests and enquiries relating to permission to publish at

Magdalen’s Muniment Room

Magdalen’s Muniment Room is one of Britain’s archival wonders. Built in the 1480s, it still houses the College’s collection of over 13,000 medieval charters, dating from around 1110 to the early 16th century, with its fixtures and fittings essentially unchanged for over 540 years.