AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

THOMAS, David Hylton (b 1910)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 TH
Held at: Institute of Education
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: THOMAS, David Hylton (b 1910)
Date(s): 1870s-1990
Level of description: collection
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Thomas | David Hylton | 1910-1991 | electrical engineer and lecturer
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

David Hylton Thomas was born in 1910 in Chester, where his father and grandfather had been superintendants of the Chester Industrial School. He was educated at grammar schools in Chester and Altrincham, and won a technological scholarship to university. As part of his course at the Manchester College of Technology (now UMIST), he undertook a nine-month probationary apprenticeship at the Metropolitan Vickers factory in Trafford Park. he graduated in eletrical engineering in 1933, specialising in light-current engineering; having won a further research scholarship, he took an MSc(Tech) for research on the synthesis of musical tone by photo-electrical means. Thomas also gained an external degree of the University of London during the war. In 1934, he returned to Metropolitan Vickers to complete his apprenticeship and then took up a research post there, working on high-vacuum problems and acoustics. In 1936 Thomas was awarded the Joseph Swan Scholarship by the Institute of Electrical Engineers, which enabled him to go to Germany to study under Professor Barkhausen. His study was cut short by the approach of World War Two, and he returned home after two semesters. Upon his return he was appointed Lecturer in electrical engineering at University College, Nottingham, 1938-1946, subsequently becoming senior lecturer and departmental head at the Nottingham and District Technical College, 1946-1947. In November 1947, Thomas became Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at the Rutherford College of Technology in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (later the Newcastle Polytechnic and the University of Northumbria), a post which he held until his retirement in 1975. He was also an active member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1931-1999; and the Association of Teachers in Technical Institutions. He travelled to Chile and West Germany as an adviser on technical education, and published numerous books and articles on electronics and teaching methods. His other interests included music, including participation in the Northumberland Orchestra. He also invented a device for duplicating Braille simply and cheaply (The Anwell-Thomas Embosser), and founded a talking newspaper for the blind on Tyneside in 1976. In retirement, with a grant from the Nuffield Foundation, Thomas conducted extensive research into the history of the industrial school movement, publishing eight articles on individual schools.


Scope and content/abstract:

Published and unpublished papers by David Hylton Thomas on industrial schools, 1980s; notes, drafts and correspondence relating to his research, 1970s-1990, including some personal accounts and notes of interviews with ex-pupils and others connected with industrial schools; copy of Reformatory and Industrial Schools, 1854-1933: An Annotated List of the Reformatory and Industrial Schools Certified by the Home Office, 1854-1933 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic, 1986), with manuscript annotations and corrections by Thomas; drafts of an unpublished book entitled 'Children from the Streets and Slums: the Home Office Schools of England, Scotland and Wales, 1854-1933'. Also includes a print of the Certified Industrial School, Chester, 1870s and a programme for the Christmas entertainment, 1892.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open. Apply to Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in August 2000.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 12/2/2000, modified 12/5/2000

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Personal Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"

Related Corporate Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"