The archive has a number of permanent exhibitions which can be viewed by appointment on weekdays only. Please contact the archives for more information.
The James Caird
Dulwich College is home to the James Caird, the lifeboat in which Ernest Shackleton (OA) and five others sailed 800 miles from Elephant Island to South Georgia to seek rescue for the stranded members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
Public visits to see the James Caird are offered most Fridays at 11:30am.
P G Wodehouse
A reconstruction of P G Wodehouse’s (OA) writing room, from his home on Long Island, has been created in the exhibition area of the Wodehouse Library. On display are his desk, typewriter, pipe rack and tobacco tin among other items which were donated to the College by his widow.
The College has a number of memorials to those killed in conflicts throughout the world. These include:
- The Old Library (originally the South African War Memorial Library) – This building can be seen from the Dulwich Common entrance and is dedicated to the memory of the nine Old Alleynians who gave their lives in the Boer War.
- The fallen of the First and Second World Wars are commemorated on the cross and stellae on the Front Lawn. There is also a dedicated website for those who lost their lives in the First World War Dulwich College 1914-18 – Fallen of the Great War
- The Lower Hall displays the portraits and medals of the seven Old Alleynian who have won the Victoria Cross and one George Cross recipient. There is also a Book of Remembrance listing the OAs who have given their lives in the armed services since 1945.