Merchant Taylors' School Archive


Assisted by volunteers, the school works hard to build, catalogue, and maintain the archive. Much of their work in recent years has been related to the First World War, but there are many more projects they have been working on recently. You can read about their work by clicking on the links below.

If you have anything you would like to donate to the Archive, we would be very happy to hear from you to discuss this. Furthermore, if you are interested in volunteering for the Archive this would also be very much appreciated. Please email for further assistance.


News From the Archive

Jonny Taylor: Norman Melluish (1917-1921) and Keith Melluish (1915-1920)

Jonny Taylor: Sally Gilbert: MTS Archivist 2013-2020

Jonny Taylor: The Manor War Memorial

Jonny Taylor: The Boer War Memorial 

Jonny Taylor: The Centenary of the House System

Jonny Taylor: E. E. Rider - A Merchant Taylors' School Stalwart

Jonny Taylor: Surviving Pandemics: Merchant Taylors' and the Plague

Jonny Taylor: VE Day Commemorations

Sally Gilbert: Revealing the Five Masters' Chairs

Karen Lush: Remembrance of Things Past

Sally Gilbert: Monitors' and Prompters' Table Restoration


Living with Lockdown: An MTS Archive Project

The School has is living through challenging times, the most significant challenge to education since the Second World War. The Archive is launching a major project to record what life has been like for all those in the Merchant Taylors’ Community during this crisis. We would like you to share your memories with us whilst they are still fresh, so that we can document these times for future generations.

We are looking for a piece of writing up to 400 words long and/or a single photo that epitomises your experience of the lockdown. This is open to OMTs, pupils, parents and staff at Merchant Taylors’.

If you would like to submit something for the project or to find out more, then please email your memories and photos to Jonny Taylor at

Online Taylorian Archive

A few years ago, with funding from OMTs and parents who kindly donated to the Merchant Taylors' Fund, we created a digital archive of every edition of the Taylorian magazine dating back to 1878. If you are logged into this website, every edition is available to download as a PDF. You can then search them for words and names. So, for instance, if you want to find any mentions of the Alfred Marshall Economics and Politics Society from a given issue, you can do so. Or, you may wish to see mentions of a classmate, and you can search for them by name in a given year.

To log in to this site, you will need to enter a username and password. If you do not already have one, please click on 'new user registration' and enter the details you wish to use. You will then be given access to the pages. Click here to log in. If you are already logged in, click here to view the Taylorian Archive.


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