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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA CA/S/M, CA/S/MP, CAR/RI, CAR/RS, CAR/S, CAR/AR, CAR/STATS, CAR/1986, 1987/CAR, CAR/1990, 1995/CAR
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Registry Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
84 boxes and 21 folders


Name of creator(s)

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

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. The Polytechnic taught a growing number of registered students of the University of London, and this relationship was later formally recognised when the renamed Chelsea College of Science and Technology was admitted as a School of the University in 1966. Government of the College was devolved to the so-called Governing Body, supplemented from its inception in 1961 by an Academic Board reflecting the interests of staff and students. These were renamed the Council and Senate when the College was granted its Royal Charter in 1971. The Registry dealt with student and academic affairs including applications, examinations and assessments, and its functions were combined with those of the Registry at King's following the merger.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

A majority of the records were received from the Chelsea Registry in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Chelsea College Registry records, 1895-1985, contain a wide variety of committee, Senate and other governing and administrative material illustrative of the strategic direction, financial status and academic organisation of the institution. They notably include Senate committee membership and overview, 1971-1984 (Ref: CAR/RI, CAR/RS); minutes of the BSc Sub-Boards of Examiners meetings, 1967-1985 (ref: CAR/1986); Committee, Working Party and Faculty Board minutes and papers including of the Fees Committee, Academic Board Planning Committee and Higher Degrees Committee, 1965-1985; staff files, 1967-1985 (Ref: CAR/S); papers concerned with course and academic planning and, in particular, postgraduate degrees, modular courses, 1967-1985, KQC Planning Group for Academic Affairs, 1983-1984, data privacy, 1981-1984, University of London regulations, 1967-1980, strategic planning including the Swinnerton-Dyer report, 1979-1981; Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), 1976-1985; University Grants Committee, 1973-1984; examinations procedure, 1976-1985; Student Union and services, 1968-1983; overseas and exchange students, 1968-1984; student ratios and statistics, 1972-1982; departmental correspondence and memoranda, 1970-1985 (CAR/AR1-24, CAR/1990); information and reports covering attempted relocation of College and the merger with King's College, 1968-1984 (Ref: 1987/CAR); student correspondence with the Registrar, 1939-1948 (Ref: 1995/CAR) ); volumes of statistics describing teaching, student numbers and class structure, 1934-1979 (Ref: CAR/STATS).

System of arrangement

The records are arranged into the main series as described in the Scope and Content section, and are broadly chronological within each series.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally subject to a thirty year closure period from the date of leaving except for some published minutes. Staff records are closed for an eighty year period.

Conditions governing reproduction

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

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed list is available for consultation in hard-copy 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 Registry material overlaps with the Secretary's Office and Minute Books series (Ref: CAS, CA/M). The majority of personnel records for Chelsea College comprise a distinct series (Ref: CA/FP). See also King's College Secretarial, Principal's Office and Registry records that describe the merger in 1985 and the subsequent history of the Chelsea campus (Ref: KAS, KAP, KAR).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: H Silver and S J Teague eds, Chelsea College - A History (London, 1977). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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

March 2002

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  • Academic standards
  • Curriculum development
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administrative structure
  • Educational associations
  • Educational development
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational finance
  • Educational levels
  • Educational management
  • Educational organizations
  • Educational personnel
  • Educational planning
  • Educational quality
  • Educational statistics
  • Educational supervision
  • Exceptional students
  • Foreign students
  • Governing bodies
  • Higher education
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Student evaluation
  • Student organizations
  • Students
  • University governing bodies
  • University students

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College
  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea College of Science and Technology
  • Chelsea College, Higher Degrees Committee
  • Chelsea College, Registry
  • Chelsea College, Senate
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • King's College London College Archives
  • Science and Engineering Research Council
  • South Western Polytechnic
  • South Western Polytechnic
  • UGC, University Grants Committee
  • University of London

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