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King's College London Engineering Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KSE/M, KSE/SB, KSE/RAD, KSE/FR, KSE/L, KSE/SB, KSE/PBN
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London Engineering Society
Date(s): 1847-1993
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 43 volumes, 1 file.
Name of creator(s): King's College London | Engineering Society
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Department of Civil Engineering and Mining established at King's College London, 1838, and Engineering Society, 1847; begins reading of papers that average 12-20 a year on subjects including early photography, modern manufacturing methods, and in particular on bridges, tunnels, railways and other civil engineering projects, 1847; Society changes its name to King's College Scientific Society, 1854; Society dissolved, 1855; re-established as the Engineering Society by Professor Thomas Minchin Goodeve, 1857; increasing popularity and importance of the Society from around 1870; members during this period include Llewellyn Atkinson and Charles Henry Wordingham, each subsequently President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers; regular instructional works visits to engineering sites commence, 1886; occasional exhibitions begin, 1894; first annual dinner, 1895; lunch time debates initiated from [1906]; Old Students Section of the Engineering Society formed, 1919; first edition of The King's engineer, 1921-1922; relocation of Society with College to Bristol, 1939-1943; centenary celebrations, 1947; Society still active, 2001.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection comprises minute books, accounts, records of books on loan from the Common Room, sporting fixtures and editors' reports relating to The King's engineer, 1847-1983; including minute books of the Engineering Society/King's College Scientific Society, recording finance and social business, and with very brief summaries of many of the papers delivered to Society meetings, 1847-1983; attendance register of Society meetings with notices of papers read, 1849-1960; address books of members, [1847-1941]; Vice-Presidents' annual reports on finance, including balances, 1890-1900; account books for the Society Common Room, 1876-1938; register of books loaned out from the Society library, with a summary of rules of the Society and a list of members of the Committee of Management, 1847-1891; signature books of visitors to Society meetings, 1922-1954; cricket score book for the Society team, 1901-1903, 1950; file of correspondence relating to The King's engineer including accounts, lists of officers and committee of management, editors' reports on the journal, 1933-1936, 1944; printed pamphlet entitled In grateful memory of Fougasse containing cartoons sketched by Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird) for programmes of Society annual dinners, 1965.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Broadly chronological.

Conditions governing access:

Open, suject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Collection level description and detailed list on-line and available in hard copy in the College Archives reading room, King's College London.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Papers to College Archives from King's College London Engineering Society.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London archives holds copies of The King's engineer (Ref: K/SER).

Publication note:

W O Skeet, King's College London Engineering Society, 1847-1957 (London, 1957).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: W O Skeet, King's College London Engineering Society, 1847-1957 (London, 1957). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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:
January 2001

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