The University of Gloucestershire first lay down its roots in the 1840’s, offering teacher training at what is now Francis Close Hall Campus.

Our Special Collections and Archives team chart the history of the University and the students who studied here.

Open by appointment, they are home to a huge range of photographs, journals, maps, student work, and so much more. You can also view their latest news by visiting their blog.

Gaining university status in 2001, University of Gloucestershire has evolved from a number of predecessor colleges and institutions. This gallery currently features images of our campuses from their collection.

The Special Collections and Archives team welcome donations of material from past students and staff which documents their time here, and if you have any photographs you would like to share please do get in touch, we would love to see them.

St. Paul’s

Students at St Pauls chatting in 1952
St Marys Hall corridor in 1936-38
Students of 1891-92 posing for photo outside of campus
Graduates of 1952-54, stood outside for photo
Graduates of 1960-63, stood outside for photo

St. Mary’s

College of St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s


Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education

The Arts Colleges