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Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Publications

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA CNU/PBN
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Publications
Date(s): 1949-1992
Level of description: Sub-fonds of Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
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Extent: 83 boxes, including one outsize
Name of creator(s): Chelsea College | Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project | Publications Department
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project operated via sections based at the Project's headquarters at Chelsea College, London, developing content and methods of presentation for teaching science subjects at various levels. The Publications Department produced materials for these projects in physical science, physics, chemistry and biology at different levels. Many were published jointly by Longman and Penguin, with Penguin handling most of the production and design and Longman handling distribution, sales and some editing.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records, 1949-1992, largely originating from the Publications Department of the the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project (NFSTP) and concerning the planning and production of publications for various subjects but also originating from other sections and concerning the administration of the NFSTP and the operation of its various projects. The records include files, 1963-1979, on staff of the Publications Department and Project team members of NFSTP; files on finance and management of the NFSTP, 1964-1991; minutes and meeting papers of the Nuffield Continuation Fund Committee, 1969-1976, and the Nuffield-Chelsea Curriculum Trust, 1986-1989; agreements with publishers, 1964-1986; permissions granted by Nuffield to reproduce or quote material, 1982-1991; publicity and promotion materials for Nuffield courses, 1979-1983; index cards with publishing, production and sales information for Nuffield publications, 1966-1978; and correspondence and agreements relating to foreign publication rights, 1966-1976. The rest of the material comprises correspondence with authors, editors and publishers concerning preparation and production of material, drafts, proofs, photographs, artwork, and trial and final material including film loops, pertaining to publications on all O-level science subjects, 1963-1970s; O-level biology, 1964-1975; O-level Chemistry, 1966-1970s; Chemistry Background Books, including Stages 1, 2 and 3, Additional Option Books, and Background Books not published, 1949-1970; O-level Physics, 1963-1966; the production of film loops for various subjects, 1962-1982, and rights in them, 1963-1975; revised O-level Biology, 1970-1976; revised O-level Chemistry, 1969-1977; all A-level science subjects, 1963-1978; A-level Biology, 1965-1976; A-level Chemistry, 1963-1965; preparation and production of Chemistry books, 1966-1975; Chemistry book permissions, 1966-1972; a proposed booklet on A-level Chemistry in association with Texaco Ltd, 1983-1984; proposal for an experimental scheme to test the value and operational procedures for examining chemistry (Nuffield) at A-level in a modular structure, c1990; general papers on Physics, 1968-1988, including A-level examination papers, 1970-1988; papers relating to the revised Nuffield A-level examination, 1984-1988, including reports of the awarders, 1986-1988; Physics Trials Booklets on various topics, both teachers' guides and students' books, c1968-1970; permissions for Physics books, 1966-1975; permissions for Physics and the Engineer, 1965-1972; correspondence relating to the development of the A-level Physical Sciences course, 1966-1972; papers relating to film loops on all subjects except Physical Sciences, 1967-1973; revised A-level Chemistry texts, early 1980s; revised A-level Physics text, 1985; papers relating to an evaluation study of Revised Nuffield Advanced Physics, 1988; papers on the development of the Combined Science Project (for 11-13 year olds), 1965-1980; publications for Combined Science, 1966-1972; papers on the planning the Combined Science Continuation Project, including trial materials, 1970-1983; papers on publications for Secondary Science, 1966-1973; publications for Nuffield 13 to 16, 1976-c1982; publications for Science in Home Economics, 1964-1981; Nuffield Secondary Maths; files relating to smaller-scale Nuffield Science Teaching Projects, or Projects partly financed, sponsored or supported by Nuffield, 1970-1992, including a project on science for primary teachers, reform of curricula and syllabuses, and modular courses.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The initial files relate to administration, including staffing (with files on individuals arranged alphabetically), followed by files on the granting of foreign rights to overseas publishers. The remaining files are largely grouped into Projects, as listed above, arranged chronologically by date of publication of final materials, each group of Project papers followed by the revised texts or continuation projects; then smaller-scale Nuffield Science Teaching Projects or other schemes supported by or associated with the Nuffield Science Teaching Project.

Conditions governing access:

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

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, 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, King's College London.

Finding aids:

This summary guide and detailed catalogue online and available in reading room at King's College London Archives, except for Nuffield Secondary Maths (Ref: PBN9), which is uncatalogued.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were transferred to King's College London Archives from the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project at Chelsea College.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives holds the records of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project (NFSTP), 1949-1993 (Ref: CNU), the other sub-fonds comprising general papers, 1961-1974 (Ref: CNU/STP); the Secondary Science Education Programme, 1965-1974 (Ref: CNU/SS); the Junior Science Project, 1960-1974 (Ref: CNU/JSP); the Combined Science Project, 1964-1970 (Ref: CNU/CSP); A-level in Physical Sciences, 1955-1974 (Ref: CNU/ALPS); Physics A- and O-level, 1963-1972 (Ref: CNU/PAL, CNU/POL); Chemistry O-level, 1962-1974 (Ref: CNU/COL); Chemistry A-level, 1962-1974 (Ref: CNU/CAL); Biology O-level, 1962-c1973 (Ref: CNU/BOL); Biology A-level, 1963-1972 (Ref: CNU/BAL); published texts, 1960-1993 (Ref: CNU/TEXT); film loops and accompanying teaching notes, 1966-1978 (Ref: CNU/BOL/FL, CNU/COL/FL, CNU/BAL/FL, CNU/CAL/FL, CNU/PAL/FL, CNU/SS/FL, CNU/CSP/FL). It also holds records of the Schools Council Integrated Science Project (based, like the NFSTP, at Chelsea College and inspired by the Nuffield Combined Science Scheme), 1968-1984 (Ref: C/SCISP, C/SC, C/SCPT, C/SCI5-13).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: list at King's College London Archives.

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:
Feb 2001, revised 2001

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