Goldsmiths Library

Special Collections and Archives

Including the Women's Art Library, Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery, Music Archives, Daphne Oram Archive and 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 welcome three new collections that have arrived at Goldsmiths in 2012; Future Histories Archive - A collection of Black theatre and carnival archives from the 1970s on, WRPM - Women's Revolutions Per Minute, a collection of recordings of music performed, composed and produced by women and the library of Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. These join our other major and specialist collections.

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, please call into the office to register


Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery

Women's Art Library

browse our complete list of special collections with catalogue links..

Photo: Daphne Oram in her studio, Oram archive

Visiting us

Special Collections and the postgraduate study space (G28) is now open Monday-Friday 10.00 - 18.00 except Wednesdays when we are open until 7pm.  

The Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery is in Deptford Town Hall and open 11.00 - 17.00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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.

Contact us

Appointments, enquiries about special collections, +44(0)20 7717 2295,

Alice Measom, Archivist, +44(0)20 7919 7055,

Lesley Ruthven, Special Collections Librarian, +44(0)20 7717 2295,

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

Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery, +44(0)20 7717 2210 Tuesdays and Thursdays,

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