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National College of Horology and Instrument Technology

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2107 NCHIT
Held at: City University
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Full title: National College of Horology and Instrument Technology
Date(s): 1946-1980
Level of description: Sub-fonds of City University Archives
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Extent: 7 volumes; 2 files; 1 boxfile
Name of creator(s): National College of Horology and Instrument Technology


Administrative/Biographical history:

The College was founded in 1946 by the Department of Education as the National College of Horology following the recommendations of the Percy Committee report. This provided for the establishment of National Colleges for industries of high importance requiring small numbers of skilled technicians. The new colleges were to be located within existing technical colleges which already provided tuition in the specialist subject and were to be fully financed by Government. Northampton Polytechnic was a natural centre for the College being situated in the traditional area for watch and clock making and having had a Department of Horology since its inception. Instrument Technology was incorporated into the title of the College before it was finally established, and new buildings were provided at the Polytechnic financed by the Department of Education. The College was operational from October 1947 and ceased functioning as a separate entity in 1960 when the Polytechnic became a College of Advanced Technology (CAT) with higher entrance requirements. The final student intake was in 1957 and its courses were absorbed into the relevant CAT department.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the National College of Horology and Instrument Technology, 1946-1960, comprising Declaration of Trust, 1947, and Ministry of Education appointment of governors, 1949-56; governing body signed minutes, 1946-1960, with annual reports and accounts; Director's reports, 1948-1960, with brief history and register of students; annual accounts, 1947-1960; invoice book, 1947-1960; journal, 1947-1960; cash book and ledger, 1947-1960; ledger sheets, 1947-1960; correspondence, 1944-1950; Directors' attendance book, 1946-1950; propectuses and correspondence relating to courses, 1947-1957.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As indicated in Scope and Content above.

Conditions governing access:

On written application to the University Librarian, City University.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the University Librarian.

Finding aids:

Detailed List compiled by J. Teague; indexed in City University Special Collections Room card indexing system.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Generated and retained in situ at City University.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Public Record Office holds records created or inherited by the Department of Education and Science, and of related bodies, which include the following files relating to the College: ED165/38-39 minutes, 1950-1960; ED 165/40 premises file, 1946-1953; ED 165/183,37 general files, 1945-1947, 1957-1961.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Janet Foster as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: J. Teague The City University A History (London, 1980) pp103-104.

Rules or conventions:
NCA rules for construction of personal, place and corporate names (1997), and ISAD (G), Second edition.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2000

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