Meet the Archivist

Meet Paul Dudman, the Archivist based at the University of East London. 

He has been the Archivist for the UEL Archives for over 17 years now and he is very happy to encourage academic and community engagement with the Archive collections that we hold.  Paul is happy to support staff and students individually or in groups and to work in partnership to help develop archival sessions and workshops to support in-class teaching and learning.

Paul has experience in a number of civic engagement projects at UEL across all of our archival collections.

This includes the Passing the Flame HFL project with the British Olympic Association. Paul has also created the Tate Lives local history trail in North Woolwich and Silvertown, as well as the Living Refugee Archive online portal. He has also worked with performing arts students at UEL to create participatory performance pieces based upon narratives found in our archival collections. 

Using the Archives

Visiting the Archives

The Archives at the University of East London are open to anyone with a genuine interest in researching our Collections. We welcome enquires from both staff and students at the University of East London, as well as external academic researchers and members of the public.

Make an Appointment

We would strongly recommend that all our readers contact us in advance in order to make an appointment. This way we can ensure that the Archive will be open on the day you wish to visit, with a member of staff available to assist as needed. This is especially important as we have collections at both our Stratford and Docklands campuses.

When making an appointment, it is useful for us to know, where possible, the extent of the material that you would be interested in researching. Detailed finding aids for our collections can be found on our Archives Hub pages and also via our own Library Search tool.

Contact details can be found on our contact page.

Access Restrictions

Whilst we will try and make our Archival Collections as accessible as possible, there may be occasions in which this may not possible. Sometimes exceptions will need to be made on the grounds of conservation or preservation and we will also respect the access restrictions placed on collections by our depositors. Access to some materials may be restricted by the conditions of the Data Protection Act 1988.

Using Your Own Devices

Readers are welcome to use their own laptops or netbooks within the Archive, and plug sockets are available for connection. Please enquire with the Archivist about Internet and WiFi access.

Facilities Available

Please contact us in advance if you require a parking space on campus as there are a limited number of visitor parking spaces available at each campus. Further details about visitor parking are available on request.

Refreshments are available from several outlets on both our Docklands and Stratford campuses, and the New Stratford Library also includes a small refreshment area with tables and chairs. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are also available via vending machine service.

Please see details of our opening hours on our contact page.

Additional Information

Access and Use

  • Readers are responsible for all items issued to them. Papers and other materials must be handled with the utmost care and kept in their correct order. Papers must not be removed from their folders.
  • Lead pencil should normally be used for taking notes. Dictation devices may also be used, as long as their use doesn't disturb others.
  • The use of any kind of ink pen is forbidden.
  • Readers may not eat, drink or smoke in the Archives Reading Room.
  • A limited number of copies of papers and digitised images may be provided for registered readers at the discretion of the Archivist.


  • No copyright material should be used in any publication without first obtaining permission from the copyright holder.
  • Readers seeking to publish images and copies of archive documents should contact Archives for advice.
  • A reproduction fee will be payable unless the publication is not-for-profit.