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Barrington Heritage Centre Online Collection

Barrington Library looks after a modest collection of historical documents relating to the history of the Shrivenham campus and the local area which include Beckett House and the Barrington family, the Shrivenham American University and the former Royal Military College of Science (RMCS).

The Heritage Centre is not an open access collection but use of the material may be permitted within the Library by prior arrangement. Please contact Rachel Daniels for further information.
Tel: 01793 785113 Email:

The collection comprises original photos and documents, journal articles and books. A small sample may be viewed online - we hope to add to this content in the future. Please take a look at Faces from the Past - we'd be happy to hear from you if you can tell us about the featured faces, or if you want to share your own photographs and memories of the College.

Related history links:

Shrivenham Heritage Centre

Watchfield - a chronicle of a village by Neil Maw

Beckett - a jewel in the parish of Shrivenham by Neil Maw

Details of the American Civil Affairs Center at Shrivenham during World War II from Chapter 6 of The US Army in the Occupation of Germany 1944-1946 by Earl Ziemke

Photograph of the American School Center and Officers' Mess (Beckett House) at Shrivenham 1944

"The most contented GIs in Europe" - an article on the American universities set up in Shrivenham and Biarritz for US troops 1945-46

The GI university project - a web site set up to collect and disseminate information about the GI universities at Shrivenham, Florence and Biarritz. They are currently seeking anyone with memories or documentary evidence of these establishments or the educational programme to share their knowledge. If you can help please contact them.

Beckett House and the Barringtons Beckett House and the Barringtons
Shrivenham American University 1944-1946 Shrivenham American University 1944-1946
Military College of Science (1864-1953) and Royal Military College of Science (1953-2004) Military College of Science (1864-1953) and Royal Military College of Science (1953-2004)
Woolwich and Red Barracks Images Woolwich and Red Barracks Images
Local History Local History
Faces from the past Faces from the past