Special Collections & Archives

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Daphne Oram in her studio, Oram archive

Including the Women's Art Library, Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery, Music Archives, Daphne Oram Archive, theatre and performance archives.

Our collections are reflective of Goldsmiths' influential position in the creative and performing arts, and involvement with the culture of the local communities as well as broader society in contemporary Britain.

We hold workshops with students and local school children and also run an Exhibitions and events programme in the library and at the Constance Howard Gallery.

There is a supervised study area with listening and viewing facilities. A digital piano is available. Group visits can be accommodated and you are welcome to organise a seminar or workshop using material from the Special Collections. Copying is often permitted, subject to copyright permissions.

The Special Collections reading room is also open to post-graduates for quiet study during opening hours.


Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery

Womens Art Library




Library catalogue, browse by collection code

Archives, including textile archives

CALM Archives catalogue

Textile objects

VADS catalogue

Resources for finding collections inside and outside of Goldsmiths

Discovery (The National Archives), VADS

Visiting us

Special Collections & Archives is located on the ground floor of the Library. We are open Monday-Friday 10.00 - 18.00 (10.00-19.00 on Wednesdays) during term time.  

The Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery is in Deptford Town Hall and open 11.00 - 17.00 Tuesday-Thursday.

If you are a visitor to Goldsmiths, or if you wish to consult archives or textiles, please contact us in advance to make an appointment with the curator or archivist for the collection that you are interested in (see contact details below).

Contact us

Special Collections & Archives +44(0)20 7717 2295

Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery +44(0)20 7717 2210

Lesley Ruthven (Special Collections & Archives Manager) +44(0)20 7717 2295

Althea Greenan (Curator, Women's Art Library) +44(0)20 7717 2295