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University of the Arts London: University Archives and Special Collections

London College of Communication Papers


Reference code(s): GB 3184 LCC

Held at: University of the Arts London: University Archives and Special Collections

Title: London College of Communication Papers

Date(s): 1893-[ongoing]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 40 linear metres

Name of creator(s): London College of Communication


Administrative/Biographical history:

London College of Communication, London College of Printing until a name change in 2004, is the largest College of University of the Arts London [formerly London Institute, founded 1985, name change 2004] with around 9000 students. It has formed over a number of years, from its inception in 1893 until the present day, through developments of curriculum, name changes and mergers: St Bride Foundation Printing School [founded 1883], became London School of Printing and Kindred Trades in 1922; Bolt Court Technical School, formerly the Guild and Technical School, Clerkenwell [founded 1894, name change 1895, merged 1949]; College for Distributive Trades [merged 1990]; Westminster Day Continuation School [founded 1921, renamed the School of Retail Distribution 1929]; and the Printing Department of the North Western Polytechnic [founded 1883, opened 1929, merged 1969].

In 1949 Bolt Court and the College of Printing and Kindred Trades merged to form the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts, renamed London College of Printing in 1962 when it took up its current site at Elephant and Castle, South London. The building was officially opened in 1964 by Sir Isaac Hayward. On the merger with College for Distributive Trades the College changed its name again to reflect the new disciplines offered to the London College of Printing and Distributive Trades, then in 1996 to London College of Printing. Both St Brides and North Western were established by the City of London Parochial Charities Act and thus have always been rooted in London and its communities. When St Brides opened the doors, in 1894, of its first evening courses 124 students attended. Until 1912 there was no full time principal, then Mr J. R. Riddell was appointed. His appointment lead teaching from textbook based lessons to practical lessons. The first full time courses soon followed, 1919. Thus, from the first the College has specialised in and developed course in all aspects of printing and communication, from photography to graphic design.

Today the College is made up of four Schools: School of Graphic Design; The School of Creative Enterprise; School of Media; School of Printing and Publishing.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the London College of Communication comprising administrative papers; teaching aids and posters. The Administrative records include photographs of the College localities, examples of student work and prospectuses. The Teaching aids include items used to demonstrate techniques to students, these include printing blocks, lantern slides of printing equipment, Victorian Christmas cards and sample books. The Posters were used both for teaching and for display, they have been divided because of this dual purpose and the difficulty in defining the original use.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Papers are divided by original purpose and type into three sub-fonds/collections that reflect their original purpose and type. LCC/1: Administrative papers. LCC/2: Teaching aids. LCC/3: Posters.

Conditions governing access:

Open. The Archives and Special Collections Centre is open Tue-Fri 1-5. Please contact us if these times do not suit. It is advisable to make an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copying of items is at the discretion of staff.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Cataloguing is being undertaken.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:

A series of smaller collections were transferred with the Papers and these have been re-established into their constitute Collections: Robert Fenton; Beatrice Warde; C and A; Charles Pickering [this includes materials about the Double Crown Club; and Westwood Printing House.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred 2007.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Description compiled by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist, June 2008. Imported onto AIM25 by Sarah Drewery.

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: Feb 2009.

Book production training | Communication personnel training | Vocational training subjects
Elephant and Castle | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Governing bodies | Educational supervision
Illustration printing | Printing methods | Printing | Publishing | Publishing industry
Offset printing | Printing methods | Printing | Publishing | Publishing industry
Photocomposition | Printing methods | Printing | Publishing | Publishing industry
Print media | Information media
Printers | Communication personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Printing industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Printing workers | Workers | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Printing workshops | Industrial facilities | Facilities
Style manuals | Guides | Books | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences
Typesetting | Printing methods | Printing | Publishing | Publishing industry
Vocational schools | Higher education institutions | Educational institutions
Technical education
Vocational training

Personal names
Hayward | Sir | Isaac James | 1884-1976 | Knight | trade unionist and local politician

Corporate names
Bolt Court Technical School
College for Distributive Trades
Guild and Technical School
London College of Communication
London College of Printing
London Institute
London School of Printing and Kindred Trades
North Western Polytechnic
School of Retail Distribution
St Bride Foundation Printing School
University of the Arts London
Westminster Day Continuation School