Museum and Archive
HIGHGATE SCHOOL ARCHIVE
The Highgate School Archive collects and preserves records relating to the School’s history, making them available for research. The collection contains material dating from the foundation of the School in 1565 to present day.
• Royal Charters of Elizabeth I authorising our founder Sir Roger Cholmeley to found a school at Highgate, 29 January 1565, 6 April 1565
• Governors’ minutes and account books from 1565
• Head Masters’ and Masters' records from 1571
• Pupil records from 1833
• Estate papers
• Architectural drawings and plans of School property
• Official school magazines and publications
• Alternative school magazines
• Newspaper cuttings
• Audio-visual material, including oral histories
• Uniforms and sportswear
• Trophies and medals
• Photographs of Masters, staff, pupils, sports teams, Houses, School buildings and views of Highgate village
• Prints of School buildings
ACCESS TO THE ARCHIVE
All researchers will be asked to sign our visitors’ book upon arrival and our reading room is supervised at all times.
Because of the uniqueness and rarity of many of our collection items, we kindly ask all researchers to follow the Reading Room Rules which you should read before visiting us.
Certain records are subject to a closure period. Records are normally closed for legal, privacy and security reasons. Other records may be closed because they are in a fragile state and if used, are liable to be damaged further.
Archivist and Records Manager
T: 020 8347 4421
HIGHGATE SCHOOL MUSEUM
The Museum tells the story of Highgate School through documents, artefacts, photographs and paintings from the School’s archive. It opens a window on the past, showing school life through the centuries, its relationship with Highgate village and how it endured two world wars.
It is housed in The Highgate Tabernacle on Southwood Lane, Highgate, which was originally a Baptist chapel built in the 19th century.
Exhibits include the Royal Charter of Elizabeth I dated 29 January 1565, a slate used by Head Master John Bradley Dyne for taking the daily register of attendance in the 1860s, First World War letters of Master Arthur ‘Jumbo’ White, photographs documenting the School’s evacuation to Devon during the Second World War and shrapnel from the V-1 flying bomb which landed in the School’s field on 28 June 1944. On display are also artworks by Sir Kyffin Williams RA (Head of Art 1944-73) and Anthony Green RA (pupil 1951-56, Assistant Art Master 1961-67).
The Museum is open to the public on Saturdays during term time from 10am to 1pm. All are welcome and admission is free.
As a result, the Museum will be closed on the following dates until the end of the school year:
- 23 February
- 6 - 20 April inclusive
- 1 June
SUPPORT THE MUSEUM AND ARCHIVE
You can support the Highgate School Museum and Archive in the following ways:
• You can become a Friend of Highgate School Museum and support us as we develop an exciting programme of exhibitions and events.
• You can Adopt an Artefact and help to preserve Highgate’s historic collections for future generations. (Please note that the Adopt an Artefact scheme comes with free membership of the Friends of Highgate School Museum)