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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
14 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London, Engineering Society

Administrative / Biographical history

Department of Civil Engineering and Mining established at King's College London, 1838, and Engineering Society, 1847; begins reading of papers that average 12-20 a year on subjects including early photography, modern manufacturing methods, and in particular on bridges, tunnels, railways and other civil engineering projects, 1847; Society changes its name to King's College Scientific Society, 1854; Society dissolved, 1855; re-established as the Engineering Society by Professor Thomas Minchin Goodeve, 1857; increasing popularity and importance of the Society from around 1870; members during this period include Llewellyn Atkinson and Charles Henry Wordingham, each subsequently President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers; regular instructional works visits to engineering sites commence, 1886; occasional exhibitions begin, 1894; first annual dinner, 1895; lunch time debates initiated from [1906]; Old Students Section of the Engineering Society formed, 1919; first edition of The King's engineer , 1921-1922; relocation of Society with College to Bristol, 1939-1943; centenary celebrations, 1947; Society still active, 2001.

Archival history

Papers to College Archives from King's College London Engineering Society.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The collection comprises minute books, accounts, records of books on loan from the Common Room, sporting fixtures and editors' reports relating to The King's engineer , 1847-1983; including minute books of the Engineering Society/King's College Scientific Society, recording finance and social business, and with very brief summaries of many of the papers delivered to Society meetings, 1847-1983; attendance register of Society meetings with notices of papers read, 1849-1960; address books of members, [1847-1941]; Vice-Presidents' annual reports on finance, including balances, 1890-1900; account books for the Society Common Room, 1876-1938; register of books loaned out from the Society library, with a summary of rules of the Society and a list of members of the Committee of Management, 1847-1891; signature books of visitors to Society meetings, 1922-1954; cricket score book for the Society team, 1901-1903, 1950; file of correspondence relating to The King's engineer including accounts, lists of officers and committee of management, editors' reports on the journal, 1933-1936, 1944; printed pamphlet entitled In grateful memory of Fougasse containing cartoons sketched by Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird) for programmes of Society annual dinners, 1965; printed publications including copies of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Proceedings , 1947-1948, some offprints of papers on aspects of metallurgy in English, French and German, [1972], folio entitled British engineers and allied professionals in the twentieth century , edited by W T Pike (Brighton, 1910).

System of arrangement

Broadly chronological.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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

English, French and German

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 holds: copies of The King's engineer (Ref: K/SER); records of the Department/Faculty of Engineering (Ref: KCLCA KFE/M, KFE/GPF, KFE/ER, KFE/F); records of the King’s College Association of Engineers (Ref: KCLCA KSAE).

Publication note

W O Skeat, King's College London Engineering Society, 1847-1957 (London, 1957).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Source: W O Skeat, King's College London Engineering Society, 1847-1957 (London, 1957). 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

January 2001, updated 2016


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Personal names

  • Bird, Cyril Kenneth, 1887-1965, Cartoonist and Illustrator, called Fougasse

Corporate names

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  • King's College London, Engineering Society

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