Robinson College launches campaign to build a new home for its history

Robinson College launches campaign to build a new home for its history

  • Sketch of Robinson Archive building

A generous gift of £150,000 from Ross Reason, currently acting Finance Bursar at Robinson College, has kicked off a fundraising campaign for a new purpose-built college archive facility. 

Founded in 1977 and formally opened in 1981, Robinson College is one of Cambridge’s newest undergraduate colleges, and the first to be co-educational from its inception. The College’s formal and social history is documented in a collection of papers, photographs and records. Together they tell the story of the College and the individuals that have formed its history.

This important archival collection has now outgrown its current home. To ensure these materials are safely preserved for future generations, Robinson College is raising funds for a state-of-the-art archive building to store and view these materials.

"Archives are essential in helping to preserve history and in helping future scholars understand how and why decisions were taken by their predecessors. They should be at the core of all colleges as places of learning and research. I certainly hope this one will be."

Ross Reason

With building work now underway, the Robinson archive building is due to open in June 2020, coinciding with the College’s 40th anniversary. The College is actively fundraising for the remaining £650,000.

To find out more about the project and the giving opportunities available, please visit the Robinson College website.