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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): TEB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1893-1904
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5.08 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Technical Education Board


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Technical Education Board was set up by the London County Council in 1893 under the Technical Education Acts of 1889-91. It consisted of 20 members of the Council and 15 representatives of other bodies with Sidney Webb as Chairman. Though it enjoyed considerable independence it had the active backing and support of the Council. Its income was derived from the customs duty on spirits and beer (under the Local Taxation (Customs and Excise) Act, 1890), and from the rates; and its work was aided by the large sums devoted by the City Parochial Charities to the establishment and maintenance of polytechnics. Its aim throughout was to aid and reinforce the supply of technical and secondary education rather than to make direct provision of such education, nevertheless the overlapping of spheres of interest of the Technical Education Board and the School Board for London resulted in controversy which was resolved in the Cockerton judgment of 1900-01 and led finally to the transfer of the work of both Boards to the Council in 1904 under the Education Act of 1902.


Scope and content/abstract:

Agendas and minutes of the Board and its committees, 1893-1904, including the Scholarship Committee, Secondary Schools Committee, Polytechnics Committee, Teaching of Art and Technology Committee, Building Trades Committee, Commercial Education Committee, Domestic Economy Committee, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Higher Education Committee, Teaching of Chemistry Committee and Technical Instruction for Women Committee.

Also annual reports; issues of the London Technical Education Gazette, the official circular of the Board; pocket books; standing orders; special reports, including some prepared for the London County Council; proposals for new subjects of instruction; papers regarding scholarships and awards; inspection reports; maps of London showing centres of teaching art and science and technology; maps of London showing secondary schools for boys and girls; papers regarding individual polytechnics or schools including annual reports of the Bolt Court Technical School (later the School of Photo Engraving and Lithography); statistics; papers regarding the University of London and financial accounts.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

TEB/1-58: Committees; TEB/59-80: Reports and Papers; TEB/81-103: Financial.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its successor body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also LMA/4229: Wandsworth Technical Institute and A/PTI: Association of Principals of Technical Institutions. The papers of the School Board for London are at reference SBL while the London County Council Education Department papers are at LCC/EO.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
April to June 2009

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