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Imagine setting up a new Cambridge College; it’s certainly not something that happens every day and probably won’t happen again in our lifetime. Robinson was unique from the outset.

The first undergraduate Cambridge College to be co-educational from inception, Robinson was built without a large endowment, but with the ability to earn income as a conferencing business.

Over the last 40 plus years different individuals have left their mark on Robinson and helped make it the College it is today. Over those 40 years papers, photos and records detailing these individuals, the decisions they made and the part that they played have accumulated.

Now in 2019 we need to find these historical records a home so that they are preserved for future generations. If we don’t start looking after these valuable items now, they will not be available for historians to research in future centuries.


Working with local architects, Robinson College has drawn up plans for a new building to house the history of the College. Designed to the highest specifications for the conservation of historical documents, the archive building will provide a safe place to store and view the materials that have been preserved over the years, and will allow for future expansion. A reading room will enable researchers and visitors to view the collections and will also provide much-needed office and preparation space for the archivists.

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The archive building will hold key documents relating to Robinson’s inception and development, including the papers of Lord Lewis. It will also preserve the social and cultural records of Robinson such as a poster created for the first May Ball and back copies of The Brick – the unofficial student-led College magazine.

The archive will ensure that photographs of key individuals such as Fred Boyne and Lord Lewis are preserved for future generations and that Helena Shire’s handwritten case for adopting the Pegasus for the College’s coat of arms is protected from environmental damage.

Sports team and other student group photos will be available for alumni to view on their return to College and programmes from past concerts will be preserved for today’s musicians as well as the musicians two hundred years from now. These records are our recorded memory and form an important part of our community, cultural, official and unofficial history.

The Robinson Archive building is estimated to cost £803,000. All planning permissions have been secured. We intend to break ground in June 2019 and expect the building to be opened in June 2020. We are delighted to announce that a donor has already donated £150,000 towards this project, and we are now asking our supporters to help us fund the remainder. This is your opportunity to help build a permanent home for the records of your days at Robinson.


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While gifts of any amount are most welcome and valued, we have some special opportunities to recognise the support from our alumni and friends.

BRICK £500

Engraved on a brick, your name will be part of the wall by the entrance to the new archive building.


Your personalised paving stone will be placed on the walkway leading to the entrance of the new archive building.


Your name will be engraved on a plaque in the entrance foyer of the archive building, as well as on your choice of paving stone or brick.


Your name will be engraved on the door to the Archive Store, as well as the donor plaque and your choice of paving stone or brick.

READING ROOM £75,000 +

Your name will be engraved on the door to the Reading Room, as well as the donor plaque and your choice of paving stone or brick.


A donation of £200,000 or more secures the right to name the new archive building. Your chosen dedication will be engraved on the exterior of the building.

If you wish to make your donation by post, please download the donation and inscription forms and return to Catherine Biggs, Development Office, Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN UK.

(please note, we only have a limited number of bricks and paving slabs that can be engraved)