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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Royal College of Chemistry


Reference code(s): GB 0098 C

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: Royal College of Chemistry

Date(s): Created 1844-1952

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 4 boxes

Name of creator(s): Royal College of Chemistry


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Royal College of Chemistry was established in 1845 in Hanover Square, London, with the first Professor August von Hofmann, and 26 students, the result of a private enterprise to found a college to aid industry. The College transferred to Oxford Street in 1848. In 1853 the College was incorporated with the Government School of Mines and of Science Applied to the Arts, effectively becoming its department of chemistry. Chemistry was one of the departments to be transferred to South Kensington in 1872.

The Royal College of Science was formed in 1881 by merging some courses of the Royal School of Mines with the teaching of other science subjects at South Kensington. In 1907 the Royal School of Mines and the Royal College of Science were incorporated in the Royal Charter of Imperial College of Science and Technology.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to the Royal College of Chemistry, 1844-1952, comprising articles and correspondence relating to the foundation stone, 1952; ledgers of members, 1844-1846; subscribers and donors, 1846-1852; minutes of the Council of the Royal College of Chemistry, 1845-1853; minutes of the Building, Finance, Laboratory and Management Committees, 1845-1847; registers of students of the Royal College of Chemistry, 1845-1876.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged in sections as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Created and accumulated by the Royal College of Chemistry and Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

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Related material:

Records of the Governing Body (GB), Royal School of Mines and Royal College of Science (D), Royal College of Science (E), Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (KC), held at Imperial College.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: 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.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2000

Governing bodies | Educational supervision
Higher education institutions | Educational institutions

Personal names

Corporate names
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine x Imperial College of Science and Technology x Imperial College x University of London | Imperial College
Royal College of Chemistry