Founded in 1480, Magdalen College School (MCS) played an important part in the history of education. MCS became independent from Magdalen College, Oxford, in the 1980s.


The MCS Archive exists to collect and preserve records produced by the school, or relating to the school and its community.

The school’s heritage collections include:

  • School copies of core administrative records from the 1960s
  • Student admission registers, form lists and school diaries
  • Photographs from 1860 – formal and candid
  • Programmes from school events, school and student publications
  • Ephemera: letters, reminiscences, oral histories
  • Old Waynfletes’ (alumni) personal papers and effects
  • Antiquarian books
  • Objects: sporting trophies, uniform, school equipment
  • Works of art

MCS and Magdalen College Archive

The school’s earlier history remains entwined with that of its predecessor institution, Magdalen College, so you may need to direct your enquiry to both school and college.

Explore our online archive catalogue. All our featured collections can be browsed by category.

MCS Archives online catalogue



The MCS Archive is available for access to stakeholders and the public by appointment with the Archivist on Mondays and Tuesdays during term-time. The Archivist will undertake short pieces of research in the collections for those not able to access the Archive in person. Copies of records will be provided upon request.

For information or to make an appointment to consult the collections held at MCS, please contact:

  • Mrs Lindsay McCormack, Archivist (usual days of work: Mondays and Tuesdays in term time): 
  • Mrs Meg Finnis, Art Archivist (usual day of work: Fridays in term time; currently on Maternity leave)
  • Mrs Kathryne Crossley, Oral Historian:


MCS Archive Mission Statement

MCS Archive Access Policy