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An image of the text Holinshed's Chronicles, published 1587. From our pre-1700 collection.

Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives manages the University’s unique and distinctive collections so that they are preserved and accessible for the benefit of teaching, scholarship and society. Informed by the Institutional and Information Services Strategic Plans, Special Collections & Archives provides strategic direction to maximise the use, value and legacy of these collections. Special Collections and Archives are an Accredited Archive Service.

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    Reading Room hours

    Our reading room is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm by appointment only.

    If you'd like to view any of our collections please get in touch with us to make an appointment.  

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    Contact us

    Special Collections and Archives
    Templeman Library
    University of Kent
    Canterbury, CT2 7NU


    SC&A office number: +44 (0)1227 827138
    IT and Library Support: +44 (0)1227 824999

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    Our staff can give you advice about any of our services, so please ask. We want you to have full and equal access to everything you need.  

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Our partners

 We work in partnership with both Canterbury and Rochester Cathedral to develop access to our collections, and encourage community engagement across these sites. 

We have a formal partnership agreement with Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library Service.