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Department of Education and Science

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 AB
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: Department of Education and Science
Date(s): Created 1853-1984
Level of description: Series of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine records
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Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Science
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Department of Science and Art was set up by the Board of Trade in 1853 to develop science education. It later became the Board of Education, the Ministry of Education, and the Department of Education and Science.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to the Department of Science and Art, 1853-1984; comprising printed articles, annual reports of the Department, 1853-1899, Board of Education reports, 1907-1917; correspondence, notably relating to the School of Naval Architecture, 1864, accommodation for the Royal College of Science, 1890-1897, the possible incorporation of the Royal College of Science into the University of London, 1898-1899, inspection of the college, 1912, the transfer of staff, 1907-1909; correspondence relating to grants, notably for ex-service students, 1919-1921, government students, 1920-1929, the annual grant, 1910-1912, maintenance of buildings, 1912, reports from Universities and University colleges, 1906-1911; Board of Education regulations for the Royal College of Science and Royal College of Art, 1902-1905; precis of minutes of the Board of Education, 1863-1892; examination papers for science schools and classes, 1888-1892; correspondence relating to the use of the Eastern Apparatus Gallery, 1908-1909, the Chelsea Physic garden, 1935-1942, between the Rector and Sir William Pile of the Department of Education and Science concerning industrial management, 1975; papers and press cuttings concerning Higher Education, Government policies, women in science and technology, 1978-1984; reports from the Royal Commission on Technical Instruction, 1882, the Select Committee on Museums of the Science and Art Department, 1898 (AB);

papers relating to the Departmental Committee of the Royal College of Science and Royal School of Mines, notably correspondence, 1903-1908, press-cuttings and articles, 1906, evidence of the Council and Professors of the Royal College of Science relating to the curriculum, 1904, Royal School of Mines Committee of Old Students volume of signatures, 1905; deputation from the Senate of the University of London concerning the proposed technological institute, 1906, minutes of proceedings at the deputation from the City and Guilds of London Institute, 1906, minutes and report of the sub-committee on the Royal School of Mines, 1904, and the Royal College of Science, 1905, papers relating to the draft, preliminary and final reports of the Committee, 1904-1906, notes and outline scheme on the establishment of an engineering Institute, and an Imperial University at South Kensington, undated (ABC);

papers relating to the Royal Commission on University Education in London, including the report of the Royal Commission, 1913, press cuttings, 1910-1913, and reports, including from the University of London Boards of Studies reports on the needs of faculties, 1910, report of the University of London Academic Council, 1910, Committee report on mathematics in Imperial College and the University of London, 1912, Governing Body sub-committee report, 1910-1914, notes by the College Secretary, Alexander Gow, 1914 (ABD); papers relating to the Board of Education Departmental Committee on the University of London, including the report of the Committee, 1926, press cuttings, 1924, evidence of Imperial College representatives, 1925, correspondence, 1923-1926, Governing Body sub-committee report, 1924, draft of proposed statutes under the University of London Act, 1926 (ABE).

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 at the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Created and accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the Governing Body (GB), External societies, institutions and bodies (ABM-AX), Royal School of Mines and Royal College of Science records (D), held at Imperial College.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Julie Tancell

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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