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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department/Faculty of Engineering Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
12 boxes and 8 volumes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Department/Faculty of Engineering

Administrative / Biographical history

The Class of Civil Engineering and Mining was founded at King's in 1838, mainly as a response to the growth of the railway system and the need for more qualified engineers. This became the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture and Science, as Applied to Arts and Manufactures, in 1840. Over the next few years this department enlarged in scope and in 1844 became the Department of the Applied Sciences. This became the Department of Engineering and the Applied Sciences in 1874. In 1893 the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences was created as part of the Faculty of Science, and in 1902 a distinct Faculty of Engineering was established. Separate departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic and Electrical Engineering were formed, with Civil and Mechanical Engineering combining in 1935. Civil Engineering was then closed in 1989, whilst Mechanical Engineering and Electronic and Electrical Engineering, now the Department of Electronic Engineering, became part of the new School of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College London Department/Faculty of Engineering

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the Department and Faculty of Engineering at King's College consist mainly of minute books, correspondence and some printed publications, 1840- 1974. These include the principal set of departmental and faculty minute books, 1844-1974; correspondence with the Dean of the Faculty and others on academic and departmental matters including students, syllabuses, financial awards, the College Library, 1st year students’ examination scripts for manufacturing arts, 1875; co-operation with University College London and some strategic planning including quinquennia, 1964-1973; manuscript 'surveying equipment book' with lists of equipment used at various locations including Vale of Health, Hampstead, the Old Vic Theatre and Dorking, Surrey, 1925-1965.

System of arrangement

Arranged into main series as described in the Scope and Content field.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally closed for 30 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes. Student and staff records are subject to an 80 year closure period after the date of leaving, but may be consulted by Departmental and other College staff with permission from the Head of Department.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This summary guide and detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives: Engineering student records (Ref: KCLCA KFE/FP, KFEE/FP, KFEE/FP(W), KFEE/FPPG, KFEE/FPPG(W), KFME/FP, KFME/FPPG, KFE/ER); records of the King's College Engineering Society (Ref: KCLCA KSE/M, KSE/RAD, KSE/SB, KSE/L, KSE/FR, KSE/SR, KSE/ED, KSE/PBN, KSE/PUB); records of the King's College Association of Engineers (Ref: KCLCA KSAE); records of the King's College London Association (Ref: KCLCA KSAE); papers of Professor Ernest Wilson (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 9); papers of Charles James Thornton (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 18); papers of Alexander Hope Jameson (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 24); papers of Professor John Kevin Tyrie Llewellyn (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 37); papers of David Leete (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 42); records of the College Secretary (Ref: KAS/AC2); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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

July 2001, updated 2016


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  • Academic libraries
  • Anniversary celebrations
  • Communications media
  • Cultural heritage
  • Curriculum
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational finance
  • Educational levels
  • Educational planning
  • Engineering education
  • Equipment
  • Higher education
  • Higher science education
  • Information sciences
  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Libraries
  • Metallurgy
  • Periodicals
  • Publications
  • Scientific equipment
  • Students
  • University curriculum
  • University students

Personal names

  • Pike, W T, fl 1910, Author

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department/Faculty of Engineering
  • University College London


  • Camden, London, England
  • Dorking, Surrey, England
  • Vale of Health, Hampstead, London, England

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