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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LMA/4229
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1885-1943
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3.08 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Wandsworth Technical Institute x Wandsworth Technical College x South Thames College


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1890 the Local Taxation (Customs and Excise) Act placed a duty on beer and spirits, the proceeds of which were given to county borough councils for technical education. In 1893 the London County Council set up a Technical Education Board which helped to create eighteen new technical institutes by 1904.

The Wandsworth Technical Institute was founded in 1895. It was constructed on Wandsworth High Street on the site of an ice rink. In 1926 new buildings were completed at the High Street site, these are now Grade II listed. During the Second World War the students were evacuated to Stoke Park in Guildford and the college buildings used to train radar operators. In 1974 the Institute merged with the Putney College of Further Education and was renamed South Thames College.


Scope and content/abstract:

Governor's Meeting minute books, 1885-1937; Education Committee minute books, 1896-1935; Finance Committee minute books, 1915-1936; Works Committee minute books, 1896-1930; minute book of the Association of Principals of London County Council Technical Institutes and Schools of Art, 1919-1926; correspondence, 1931-1932; financial records including ledgers, salary books, cash books and contributions books, 1894-1934; pupil reports and successes, 1897-1908; register for homework marks, 1936-1937; library book registers, 1927-1934; prospectuses, 1896-1940; student guide book, 1932-1933 and cuttings books, 1897-1943.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LMA/4229/A: Administration; LMA/4229/B: Finance; LMA/4229/C: Pupil Records; LMA/4229/D: Library Records and LMA/4229/E: Printed Material.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1984 and 1999 (ACC/2646 and B99/115).

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also LCC/EO/DIV09/WAN2 and WAN5 for admissions registers, and LCC/EO/HFE/4 for papers.

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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