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Rachel McMillan College of Education

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2110 RMCE
Held at: London South Bank University
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Full title: Rachel McMillan College of Education
Date(s): 1973-1977
Level of description: Fonds level
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Rachel McMillan College of Education
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Rachel McMillan was born in 1859, the daughter of Scottish immigrants. On visiting Edinburgh at the age of 28, Rachel was influenced by Socialism and the following year moved to London to be near Margaret, her governess sister and also attend socialist meetings, write articles, and give free evening lessons to working class girls. The sisters moved to Bradford and joined the Fabian Society, Social Democratic Federation, and Labour Party. In 1892 Margaret with Dr James Kerr published a report on the health of elementary children in Britain and began campaigning for improvements. Rachel returned to London and was active in the Labour Party movement. In 1906 the sisters campaigned for, and had passed, the Provision of School Meals Act. In 1908 they opened the country's first school clinic in Bow and another in 1910 in Deptford as well as a Night Camp for children. In 1914 they started an open-air nursery and training centre in Peckham but sadly Rachel died in March 1917. The re-named Rachel McMillan College moved premises to Deptford in 1930 and in 1961 was taken over by the London County Council (LCC). The LCC created an annexe of the College on the New Kent Road, which went on to merge with South Bank Polytechnic in 1976. The rest of Rachel McMillan College merged with Goldsmith's College in 1977.


Scope and content/abstract:

Contains 2 prospectuses for the Rachel McMillan College of Education (1973-1977), an open day poster and a photograph of the building.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is catalogued.

Conditions governing access:

The collection is available to the public. If you have any enquiries please contact the University Archives Officer.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Reproduction is at the discretion of University Archives Centre

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

London South Bank University

Allied Materials

Related material:

The University of Greenwich holds minutes of Governors' meetings, 1930-1977.

Lewisham Local Studies and Archives holds a prospectus for 1930.

The London Metropolitan Archives holds the following records:

Photos, 1962-1985;

Correspondence between the College and the Education Officer's Department of LCC, 1920-1946, (Catalogue Reference: LCC/EO/TRA/03/036-37);

Papers of the Governing Body of the College presented to Education Officer's Department, LCC, 1961-1965, (Catalogue Reference: LCC/EO/TRA/04/057-58);

Plans of the College from the Inner London Education Authority Architecture Department, 1963, (Catalogue Reference: ILEA/DBPS/AR/03/083) and 1971, (Catalogue Reference: ILEA/DBPS/AR/01/105).

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:
December 2009.