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King Alfred School

New College of Speech and Drama


Reference code(s): GB 2179 New College

Held at: King Alfred School

Title: New College of Speech and Drama

Date(s): 1962-[1992]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): New College of Speech and Drama | 1962-1974


Administrative/Biographical history:

The New College of Speech and Drama was established in 1962 by the senior staff of the former Speech and Drama Department of the Royal Academy of Music. Owing to the lack of space at the academy, a company limited by guarantee was formed to found this independent college which was transferred to Ivy House, Hampstead, (the former home of ballerina, Anna Pavlova from 1912-1931) a property specially acquired for this purpose. As a non-profit making educational institution, the College was governed by a Board of Trustees.

The College provided a three year course for teachers in speech and drama. Students could work towards a University of London Diploma in Dramatic Art, the LRAM (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music) in Speech and Drama, the LRAM in Mime, or the certificate of the International Phonetic Association. They also receive the Diploma of the New College of Speech and Drama, which was recognised by the Ministry of Education as conferring Qualified Teacher status.

In 1974 the College joined with Middlesex Polytechnic, (now part of Middlesex University), and was eventually relocated to Trent Park. The freehold of the Ivy House property was purchased by King Alfred School in July 2002.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the New College of Speech and Drama (NCSD) comprising:

Articles of association of NCSD Ltd, incorporated 25 Apr 1962;

minutes of the Trustees of the NCSD Ltd, May 1962-Oct 1970; minutes of the finance and general purposes committee, Oct 1963-Mar 1966; minutes of the Annual General Meetings 1964-1966; minutes of the Appeal Committee 1965;

Printed Prospectus [1962]; Appeal for funds brochure; University of London inspectors report the course for diploma in dramatic art at NCSD, 17 Jan 1963 (printed) Mar 1963;

Files of Cedric Watkins, including correspondence relating to accounts, 1963-1965; NCSD balance sheet and accounts, 1962-1964; correspondence relating to the purchase of land 1963; correspondence relating to the general running of the college 1963; copies of Trustees minutes, 1962-1963; papers relating to an appeal; general correspondence, 1962-1963, and papers relating to the purchase of Ivy House 1964-1966;

copy of section of map showing Ivy House and gardens;

programme for Pavlova evening at Pavlova's House, film and photograph exhibition May 1968; photographs of various student performances [1981-1992].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

By appointment only. Proof of identity is required. Contact the Archivist in the first instance, King Alfred School, Manor Wood, North End Road, London NW11 7HY.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies available

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

The material is uncatalogued.


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Archival history:


Immediate source of acquisition:

The material was transferred to King Alfred School when they purchased the freehold of the Ivy House property in July 2002


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Archivist's note: Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-Line National Register of Archives; New College of Speech and Drama prospectus, Compiled by Alison Field as part of the London Signpost Survey 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.

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2003

Drama education | Cultural education
Higher education institutions | Educational institutions
Speech education | Cultural education
Educational management

Personal names

Corporate names
New College of Speech and Drama | 1962-1974

Hampstead | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe