Visiting & contacting us

Would you like to visit our Archives?

Visiting & contacting us

Visiting the Archives
You are welcome to visit the Archives at Westminster College. Our records are irreplaceable and fragile, so like most archives, we ask that you do not eat or drink whilst looking at the records; and that you use only pencil, not pen, when taking notes. You are welcome to bring a laptop to use.

Opening times
The archives are open by appointment only on Monday to Thursday, from 9am until 2.30pm. Please contact the archivist in advance on to talk about what you would like to see and to make an appointment.

The archives will be closed from 1-1.30 for lunch. You are welcome to join us for lunch in the dining hall, though this must be booked in advance – please ask if you’d like to find out more about costs and booking. Otherwise, the College is only a five- or ten-minute walk from the town centre, where there are plenty of places to eat.

Enquiry Service
We are happy to check whether we hold information on a person, church, or subject you are looking for –see below for details on contacting the archivist.

If we hold information relevant to your request, you are very welcome to make an appointment to come in and look at our records, and we would be happy to help.

If you prefer, or if travelling to Cambridge is not convenient, we can look through the various records on your behalf, if you would like us to and if the archivist thinks there are further sources to pursue. We do not have a set of fixed charges for these further investigations, but we normally suggest a donation at a rate of around £15 – £20 an hour spent researching your enquiry, in recognition of time and resources spent.

Copying and images
You are welcome to bring a camera and take photographs of the records for your own personal use, but we request that you do not use a flash. We’re sorry, but due to conservation and copyright reasons, we cannot usually photocopy records for you.

If you need images for publication, permission to reproduce any document must be sought prior to publication and due acknowledgment made. You may take your own pictures; it is also possible to request a high quality image of our records, using the University Imaging Services based at the University Library. There is further information about Imaging Services here, but please contact us in the first instance to discuss this.

Contacting the Archivist
If you would like to find out more about our archives, or arrange a visit, please contact the archivist, Helen Weller, on Alternatively, you can write to the archivist at Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0AA; or leave a message on 01223 330620.

Please note, the archivist is part time and works in the mornings on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Contacting the United Reformed Church History Society
For further information about the URC History Society, please see our URCHS webpage here.

Contacting the College and how to find us
Westminster College is located in central Cambridge. For general enquiries about Westminster College, including a map, please refer to the contacts page here.

Please note as from Thursday 1st February 2018, Westminster College carpark will be regulated as below;
Monday to Friday – 8am to 5pm – Annual Permit holders only
Monday to Friday – 5pm to 8am – Pay and Display (£1.50 per hour, £5.00 over 3 hours and overnight stay)
Weekends All day – Pay and Display (£1.50 per hour, £5.00 over 3 hours and overnight stay)

We strongly recommend using the Madingley Road Park and Ride, metered parking on Pound Hill or pay and display car park on Castle Hill. You will find further details about planning your journey and alternative parking here. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on 01223 33 06 30.

Featured image: S.W. Carruthers of the Presbyterian Historical Society