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Hampshire Field Club Library, Special Collections, Hartley Library: About


Contact: Jenny Ruthven


tel. 023 80593335

Address: Special Collections, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Special Collections Home Page

Printed Special Collections

A-Z List of Collections

Related Collections

Printed Collections

Archive Collections

  • MS 29 Editorial notes for the Victoria History of the County of Hampshire
  • MS 56 Papers of Colonel Dudley Mills
  • MS 75 Papers of A.R. Green
  • MS 79 Collections Relating to Industrial Archaeology
  • MS 216 Papers of the Hampshire Archaeological Committee

H.F.C. Library

The H.F.C. Library includes material on the regional history of Great Britain, with a particular emphasis on ecclesiastical buildings, ranging from the cathedral to the parish church. There is also a general section on architecture and a small amount of material on natural history. 

The collection includes the H.F.C.'s own publications and 13 volumes of programmes and press cuttings which document its activities from 1885 to 1933.

The H.F.C. acquires journals by exchange with other English local history societies, many of these titles are shelved in the general periodicals sequence at per C-F.

Extent: Over 800 books and 70 periodicals, mainly 20th century publications.

Using the Collection


The H.F.C. Library is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library. The books are shelved in the Special Collections open access


Special Collections Open Access Area - members of the University and visitors over 18 are welcome to use the material in this area whenever the Hartley Library is open. Visitors will need to show photo ID when signing in at Library Reception. If you are under 18 please contact with your enquiry. 

Our computer workstations are only available to University staff and students, but you can connect your own device to the free WiFi Guest service.


  • WebCat includes records for all Hampshire Field Club books and journals (call number H.F.C.).

See Hampshire Field Club Library for a complete list of titles.

Borrowing Books

Most H.F.C. Library books are available for Long Loan.

If you have a University I.D./Library Card you can borrow books at the Loans Desk or at the self-issue units on level 2.

Members of the Hampshire Field Club can apply for free membership of the Library as External Borrowers.

Collection History

Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society was founded in 1885 for the study of the natural history and antiquities of the county. It is organized in five sections: archaeology, historic buildings, landscape, local history and the New Forest. Each section contributes to the programme of lectures, field meetings, exhibitions and conferences, and to reports of these activities in the Newsletter.

The Hampshire Field Club has published its Proceedings (now Hampshire Studies ) since 1885 and also supports a series of monographs on selected subjects.

The Library of the Hampshire Field Club was placed on deposit at the University Library in 1964.

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The nearest copier is behind the main staircase on level 4.

Visitors wishing to make photocopies of items can create a guest account and add credit online, then login to any of the photocopiers (multi-functional devices) in the library.