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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): O/071
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1878
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): School Board for London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The School Board for London was set up under the Public Elementary Education Act of 1870 for the whole of the 'metropolis', the latter being defined as the area coming within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Board of Works. For electoral and administrative purposes the area was split into ten divisions. The franchise was extended to all ratepayers (including women) who were entitled to vote in the vestry elections; the Board was therefore the first of the Metropolitan authorities to be directly elected on a democratic basis.

Though in its early years the Board has great difficulty in carrying out even the minimal requirements of the Act, it was by the 1880's trying to extend its functions to fill the obvious need for education beyond the three R's and to improve the physical conditions of the children. The School Board was closed in 1903 and its powers passed to the London County Council.


Scope and content/abstract:

School Board for London: Clifton Road School; card for punctual and regular attendance awarded to S. T. Beets, 1878.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One item.

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:

Deposited in 1959 (AC/59/021).

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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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