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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Department of Pharmacy/King's College London Department of Pharmacy Records
Level of description
Sub fonds of King's College London Archive
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
53 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Chelsea Polytechnic, Chelsea College Department of Pharmacy, King's College London Department of Pharmacy

Administrative / Biographical history

Materia medica and therapeutics were subjects taught from the inception of King's College. A Department of Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics was created in 1901, superseded by the Department of Physiology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Pharmacology in 1954. Pharmacology emerged as an independent department at King's College in 1965. Practical pharmacy classes were held in the Medical Department of King's from around 1871, and from around 1896 in the Chemistry section of the Technical Department at the South-Western Polytechnic (later Chelsea College which merged with King's in 1985), and instruction for the examinations of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain commenced in 1922 when the Chelsea School of Pharmacy was opened. Chelsea became the first institution recognised by the University of London to offer a degree in Pharmacy with the first graduate in 1926. The rapid expansion of teaching in pharmacy at Chelsea occasioned the opening of a pharmacognosy laboratory in 1927 and the creation of a separate Department of Pharmacy in 1933. Distinct departments of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Pharmacy, had emerged by 1957. Post-merger, the Departments of Pharmacology and of Pharmacy were part of the Faculty of Life Sciences, and the Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences Divisions of the School of Life, Basic Medical and Health Sciences from 1991. The Division of Pharmacology and Therapeutics has been part of the School of Biomedical Sciences, and Pharmacy part of the School of Life Sciences, since 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Pharmacy material at the South-Western Polytechnic, Chelsea College and King's College London, comprises correspondence, minutes, theses, staff publications and exam question papers, 1935-1997. It includes correspondence relating to student prizes, examinations, enrolment of students, and the staffing and management of the Department of Pharmacy, Chelsea College and at King's College London, 1958-1995; minutes, papers and correspondence relating to the University of London Board of Studies in Pharmacy, Chelsea College Department of Chemistry, Departmental Board, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 1939-1992; bound copies of  postgraduate theses and dissertations for students of Pharmacy, Chelsea College, and of King's College London following the merger of 1985, 1965-1993; off-prints of publications by members of staff of the Department of Pharmacy, Chelsea College, including copies of the Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology and Biochemical pharmacology , 1957-1978; sessional and final exam question papers for students of pharmacy, Chelsea College and King's College London, 1935-1995; lists of exam results and pass lists for undergraduate and postgraduate students of pharmacy, 1976-1988.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

BSc dissertations have been destroyed, in accordance with King’s record retention schedule.

System of arrangement

Theses and dissertations arranged alphabetically; examination question papers chronologically, and remainder boxed by year of accession.

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. Staff and student 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


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Chelsea College/King's College Pharmacy Student Records (Ref: CDPM/FP1, KDPM/FP2, KDPM/FP, KDPM/FPPG, KDPM/FP(W), KDPM/FPPG(W), KDPM/TH).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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

April 2002

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  • Admission requirements
  • Books
  • Communications media
  • Educational administration
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational grants
  • Educational management
  • Educational supervision
  • Examinations
  • Governing bodies
  • Government
  • Guides
  • Health services administration
  • Information sciences
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Organization and administration
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Periodicals
  • Personnel
  • Personnel management
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacology
  • Public administration
  • Publications
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • Surgery
  • Textbooks
  • Theses
  • University governing bodies
  • University students
  • Written examinations

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College, Department of Chemistry
  • Chelsea College, Department of Pharmacy
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • Chelsea Polytechnic
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • University of London, Board of Studies in Pharmacy

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