University of Manchester Postgraduate Society Archive

  • Reference
      GB 133 PGS
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      0.3 li.m.
  • Location
      Collection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

The records in this archive date from the 1970s and 1980s. They include a set of Committee minutes, 1976-1989 (PGS/1), an incomplete set of annual reports, 1976/7-1985/6 (PGS/2), an incomplete set of Society newsletters, 1981-5 (PGS/3) and a small amount of ephemeral material concerning the Society's administration and activities (PGS/4).

Administrative / Biographical History

The University's Postgraduate Society is believed to have been established in the mid- to late-1960s. its main function was to provide social facilities and events for the University's postgraduate students.

From 1969 until the early 2010s, the Society occupied the Schunck building in Burlington Street. This facility was generally known as the Burlington Rooms, and the Society later changed its name to the Burlington Society. The Burlington Rooms included at various times a coffee bar, a licensed bar, a games room, TV/reading room and the Behrens Room, opened in 1977, which was used for social events. The Society held discos, dances and film showings at the Burlington Rooms, and also arranged day trips for its members to local places of interest.

The Society was run by an elected committee, and was at various times represented on University and Union committees relevant to its work. Membership of the Society was theoretically very large, encompassing the University's postgraduate student population, and also included mature students. Membership included both University of Manchester and UMIST students, and the Society received grants from the University and Union to support its work.

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 2018. Under Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 2018, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University Archives by the Society on 20 September 2018.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Appraisal Information

A small number of ephemeral financial records have been disposed of.


Accruals uncertain; post-1990 records currently not present.

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