• Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR
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Radley College Archives

Handlist, articles, diaries and the WW1 Commemoration here:

Radley Archive blog


Digital Archive: full text of The Radleian, 1864-2010, digitised histories and photo archive.

Radley Digital Archives


The story of the College can be read in 100 Radley Objects: Radley's living book.

100 Radley Objects


  • 1914. Radley’s first Rugby team. Seven of the Fifteen were killed in WW1
  • 1938. Radley won the Ladies Plate at Henley Royal Regatta for the first time
  • 1977. Art lesson in the newly opened Sewell Centre
  • 1977. The Mansion and Chapel
  • 1910. The annual Latin play, ‘Aulularia’ by Plautus. FEM Reader as Hegio and CAE Williams as Ergasilus
  • 1977. Biology lesson
  • 1977. The Cafeteria. Self-service, introduced several years earlier, was a big hit with the boys.
  • 1912. Presentation of the trophy for winning the Country Life rifle shooting competition
  • 1972. CCF Navy Section exercise on the River Thames
  • 1893. Consecrating the foundation stone of the new Chapel
  • 1956. Chemistry lesson
  • 1934. The dance band. On a visit to America as the guests of Kent School, Connecticut
  • 1947. Choir, Easter Procession. Part of the Centenary celebrations
  • 1904. Gaudy. Archbishop Davidson dedicates Croome’s House for F Social. A rare shot because visiting parents and sisters are included as well as the school
  • 1980. Jazz concert in Hall
  • 1977. JCR. Senior boys were elected to membership of the Junior Common Room
  • 1956. Modern Languages lesson
  • 1947. Viscount Montgomery of Alamein describing the Battle of el-Alamein to the CCF from the steps of the Mansion
  • 1913. Oswald Austin Reid, Senior Prefect. OA Reid won the Victoria Cross during the Mesopotamia Campaign in 1917
  • 1954. Peter Cook as Doll Cotton in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist
  • 1956. George Ritchie, C Social 1955, Shell, compulsory Rest Period, Central hour
  • 1956. Rowing
  • 1890. School. A 17th century barn was used as the main schoolroom from 1847. In 1995 it became the school library
  • 1956. Senior Prefect, Francis Hole, D Social 1951 (on left) with Second Prefect, Noel Slocock, G Social 1951, in Pups’ Study
  • 1977. A sixth-form study
  • 1893. The whole school in front of Mansion. Only the Social Tutors are included as teaching staff
  • 1855. College oak


Archivist - Clare Sargent, MA, MCLIP, Head of Archives, Radley College, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 2HR


Radley on the National Archive (Archon number 1109)

Opening Hours for External Visitors

Access to the Archive is by appointment only during term-time. Some evening and weekend appointments are possible.

The Archive Centre has limited disabled access, however we will do our best to accommodate visitors. There is ample parking at the school.

Group Visits and Exhibitions

Exhibitions and open days: as advertised

Group visits and tours of the school can be arranged by appointment. Ideally they will be conducted outside of the school term.

Research Enquiries

Research enquiries are answered as promptly as possible during term time. During school holidays there may be some delay in responding to all requests, but all will be answered in due course.

Fees and Charges

There is currently no charge for answering research enquiries or supplying digitized material. The school reserves the right to request a reproduction fee for publications.


All material is subject to UK copyright law.

Freedom of Information and Data Protection Act

The school has charitable status and is an independent body, consequently it is not currently subject to the Freedom of Information Act and reserves the right to refuse access to material. Under the Data Protection Act any past pupil or employee may have access to material which relates solely to him- or her-self.


The Archives has an extensive and ongoing publications and exhibitions programme. Copies of books and pamphlets available from the Archives:

  • No ordinary place: Radley College and the public school system
    Christopher Hibbert. John Murray, London, 1997. ISBN 0719551765
  • Looking at Radley: an architectural and historical survey of the earlier buildings
    MT Cherniavsky & AE Money. Radley College, [1981].
  • The Radley altarpiece
    Tony Money. [Radley College, 2007]
  • Manly and muscular diversions: public schools and the nineteenth-century sporting revival
    Tony Money. Duckworth, London, 1997. (Pbk or Cloth)
  • Football at Radley, 1847-2000
    Tony Money. [Radley College, 2000]

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