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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA C/PH
Title
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Photographs and Illustrations
Date(s)
1891-1986
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
16 boxes and 5 outsize framed portraits

Context

Name of creator(s)

South-Western Polytechnic, Chelsea Polytechnic, Chelsea College of Science and Technology, Chelsea College

Administrative / Biographical history

The South-Western Polytechnic was opened at Manresa Road, Chelsea, in 1895, to provide scientific and technical education to Londoners. Day and evening classes for men and women comprised study in domestic economy, mathematics, engineering, natural science, art and music. It changed its name to Chelsea Polytechnic in 1922 and taught a growing number of registered students of the University of London, and this relationship was later formally recognised when the Polytechnic, now reconstituted as Chelsea College of Science and Technology, was admitted as a School of the University in 1966. The renamed Chelsea College was formally incorporated into the University of London in 1971. Chelsea merged with King's and Queen Elizabeth College in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

South-Western Polytechnic, Chelsea Polytechnic, Chelsea College of Science and Technology, and Chelsea College Photographs and Illustrations, 1891-1986. These comprise photographs of interiors of the Manresa Road buildings including chemistry and biology laboratories, library, gymnasium, cookery classroom and engineering workshops, [1895-1985]; exteriors of Chelsea buildings, 1891-[1985]; College events and student activities including outings, theatre productions, geology field trips, opening ceremonies, retirement drinks and sporting fixtures, [1920]-1986; portraits and group photographs of students and staff, notably departmental group photographs, photographs of successive Principals and other senior staff, sporting teams, 1900-[1985]; 12 boxes of 16mm film loops of electronics-related lecture material, [1970].

System of arrangement

Arranged into the main series described above in the Scope and Content section.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied to researchers and College staff. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

Descriptive list available for consultation in the King's College London Archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Chelsea Annual Reports, Press Cuttings and other ephemera contain useful illustrations of buildings, students and staff. King's College London Photographs and Illustrations also contain some pictures of Chelsea College around the time of the merger with King's in 1985.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997; ISAD(G), Second edition, 2000.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

February 2002

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Subjects

  • Audiovisual materials
  • Educational buildings
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Engineering education
  • Geology education
  • Higher education
  • Higher science education
  • Leisure
  • Leisure time activities
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Photographs
  • Recordings
  • Sport
  • Students
  • Theatre management
  • Theatrical performances
  • University students
  • Visual materials

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College
  • Chelsea College
  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • King's College London College Archives
  • South-Western Polytechnic
  • South-Western Polytechnic

Places

  • Kensington and Chelsea, London, England
  • Manresa Road, Chelsea, London, England

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