The Archive Department collects and preserves records relating to Kingswood School and makes them available for research. All spheres of school life are represented and the records take many forms: account books, day books, letters, magazines, minutes, photographs, prints, programmes, registers, etc. There are also various artefacts - including clothing and plates etc. - and an increasing number of electronic records.
Additionally, we have a fantastic collection of Wesleyan memorabilia. The archive holds more than a hundred books bought by John Wesley for the original school library, in Kingswood, some of which are annotated in his own hand. Also, we have a number of original John Wesley letters. From the late nineteenth century, more is known about the school's history. The Kingswood School Magazine was first published in 1879 and contains an eclectic mix of material, including information on: sporting activities, clubs, poetry, births, marriages, deaths, as well as old boys' reminiscences.
This is poignantly demonstrated by the letters to the school from old boys retelling of times in France during the First World War. All of these magazines have been digitised and may be accessed by the school archivist for any information researchers may request.
The school has three main histories, they are:
The History of Kingswood School, by Three Old Boys, 1898. Kingswood School, in Wesley's Day and Since. A.G. Ives, 1970. Continuity and Change. A History of Kingswood School 1748-1998. Gary Best. 1998.
Researchers are welcome, by appointment, during term time. For those unable to visit, initial searches can be undertaken by the archivist. If you have, or are aware of, any documents or artefacts relating to Kingswood School or former pupils or staff we would love to hear from you.