The University Archive preserves the official records of the University alongside material that sheds light on its corporate development, activities and events. It also includes material of historic value which provide richer insight into the social identity and heritage of the University community. We are working towards making more of this content available online in the future.
Lord Kings Norton (born Sir Harold Roxbee Cox) was instrumental in establishing Cranfield's College of Aeronautics in 1946 and became the University's first Chancellor in 1969. His Archive was received by Deed of Gift from Lady Kings Norton in 2000 and is held in our Kings Norton Library.
We have developed a website to celebrate the life, achievements and personality of Lord Kings Norton by providing access to a sample of the materials held within the Archive. The sample includes letters, sketches, reports and other documents, all of which have been digitised to ensure that the material can be made available to a wider audience.
The AERADE Reports Archive incorporates more than ten thousand, historically significant, digitised reports from the Aeronautical Research Council (ARC) - the principal agency in Great Britain with a major output of reports on matters aeronautical, which existed from 1909-1979, and published reports until 1980 - and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) which chartered in 1915 and was operational from 1917-1958. AERADE also contains a selection of reports, notes and memorandums from the Cranfield College of Aeronautics and, later, when it was renamed Cranfield Institute of Technology. They cover the period from 1948 to 1993.
If you would like to visit the University Archive or Lord Kings Norton Archive, or to find out more about our holdings, please contact our University Archivist.