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City and Guilds of London Institute

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 F
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: City and Guilds of London Institute
Date(s): Created 1878-1997
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): City and Guilds of London Institute


Administrative/Biographical history:

The City and Guilds of London Institute (C&GLI) for the Advancement of Technical Education has its origins in a meeting in 1876, when the livery companies agreed to create a Central Institution in London to improve the training of craftsmen. As it proved difficult to find a site for the planned Central Institution, Finsbury Technical College was established in 1878 in Cowper Street. The Central Institution opened in 1884, in a purpose designed building in South Kensington. It became known as the City and Guilds College after its full incorporation into Imperial College in 1910. An important objective of the C&GLI was to conduct a system of qualifying examinations in technical subjects. This was done in 1879, when the system established by the Society of Arts in 1873 was taken over by the C&GLI. The C&GLI was incorporated in 1880 and received a Royal Charter in 1900.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to the City and Guilds of London Institute (C&GLI), notably articles about the history of the Institute, 1896-1965, address by Sir John Wolfe Barry, 1903, centenary handbook, 1978, annual reports, 1880-1997, reports of the Executive Committee, 1878, and of the Livery Companies Committee, on technical education, 1878, Memorandum of Association, and ordinances, 1880-1910, correspondence with Imperial College, 1909-1921, 1946-1961, correspondence of the Registrar, 1922-1952, lists of Fellows, [1892-1988], scholarships, 1897.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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.

Finding aids:

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records were transferred from several sources, including the Chemical Engineering Department, the Mechanical Engineering Department, and the City and Guilds Registry.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the Governing Body (GB), Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (KC), Expansion Schemes (I), Finsbury Technical College (FA), City and Guilds College (FC-FS) and the papers of Henry Edward Armstrong (B/ARMSTRONG), held at Imperial College.

Pupil and administrative records of the City and Guilds of London Institute, 1878-1943, held at the Guildhall Library, Manuscripts Section.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: A Centenary History, A History of the City and Guilds College, 1885 to 1985 edited by Adrian Whitworth (City and Guilds College of Imperial College of Science and Technology, [London, 1985]). 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

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