How to search the archives

An online archives catalogue is available, and includes descriptions for our collections that have been catalogued. Digital images are also available for the Frederick Lanchester collection.

The catalogue, which is gradually having more information added to it, is also available on the Archives Hub and Archives Portal Europe websites.

The Frederick Lanchester collection images can be downloaded and used for specific purposes under a Creative Commons licence (see

More information on the Lanchester Interactive Archive (LIA), the Frederick Lanchester collection, and resources for learning and outreach are available on the LIA website at

Finding aids (such as typed lists, indexes, notes) are available for collections that are currently not available via the online catalogue. Reference material, including library books, are also available but have to be consulted at the University Library. Some of these can be searched for on the university‚Äôs Locate online catalogue. Please see our ‘Contacts and visiting us’ page for more information.