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:
Explore our online archive catalogue. All our featured collections can be browsed by category.
In March 2020, MCS became the first school archive in the United Kingdom to achieve the coveted kitemark of Archive Service Accreditation.
This is a national scheme, run by The National Archives, which recognises of the quality of the provision across all areas: collections care, cataloguing, access, engagement with stakeholders and governance.
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:
On 19 March 2020, the school closed during the Covid-19 global pandemic. To document this historic event, the MCS Archive set about curating a new collection which we are calling the Pandemic Papers. It will capture aspects of school life and the MCS community in this time through letters, journal entries, short videos, photographs and objects of interest, all submitted by pupils, staff, parents, OWs and Friends of MCS.