Research environment

UCL History is based in London's Bloomsbury quarter, within easy walking distance of numerous world-class museums, libraries, and other institutions of higher learning. 

British Library


As well as the extensive UCL library system, UCL History researchers have access to many other large or specialist research libraries. The British Library, which is the world's largest, with a collection of over 150 million items, is less than ten minutes' walk from the UCL History building. The central University of London library at Senate House is less than five minutes' walk away. Access agreements give reading rights at Birkbeck, LSE, SOAS and King's, all within walking distance. And specialist collections such as the Warburg Institute, Wellcome Library, Wiener Library and Women's Library are all close at hand.

Seminars and talks

In addition to the numerous events here on campus, the Institute of Historical Research (approximately five minutes' walk away) organises fortnightly seminars in 69 different subject areas. These seminars are free and open to all, and many are organised by UCL History staff. Staff and postgraduates also regularly attend events at the UCL Institute of the Americas, the Warburg Institute, the Wellcome Trust, and other nearby organisations. Furthermore, the department is closely engaged with the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, a research-based community of interdisciplinary scholars. Finally, it is worth noting that UCL is host to the Royal Historical Society, the foremost UK society working to advance the study of the past.

Museums and galleries

UCL itself hosts a number of museums, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Grant Museum of Zoology and the UCL Art Museum, all of which open up their collections to the university's researchers. Just down the road, the British Museum (with which UCL History has developed strong collaborative links) houses a vast collection of world art and cultural artefacts, the Wellcome Collection contains extensive holdings on the history of medicine, and a little further into London the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and innumerable other institutions offer specialist holdings and archives as well as opportunities for public outreach and engagement activities. Out on the District line at Kew, the UK's National Archives contain government records dating back to the middle ages.