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King Edward VII Nautical College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1432 KEVII
Held at: London Metropolitan University Special Collections
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Full title: King Edward VII Nautical College
Date(s): 1950-1969
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): King Edward VII Nautical College


Administrative/Biographical history:

The King Edward VII Nautical School was founded in 1902 by the British Sailors' Society. The Directors of the Society acted as the first governing body of the School, which was based over a seamen's hostel at 680 Commercial Road, Stepney, London. In 1926 the school became a recognised school of technical instruction aided by the London County Council (LCC). In 1949 the LCC implemented a further education development plan for nautical education. Under this scheme, senior courses would be established at Sir John Cass College, while junior courses would be run at the King Edward VII School (and later at a new college at Greenhithe). Further rationalisation occurred in the 1960s when the Department of Navigation of Sir John Cass College merged with the King Edward VII Nautical College in 1969 and moved to a new building at Tower Hill, London.


Scope and content/abstract:

A selection of prospectuses from the 1960s (with a few, possibly earlier ones, undated) and student record cards* ca. 1950s and 1960s.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Internal accumulation by London Guildhall University during the course of business.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The papers of Sir John Cass Technical Institute and College contain Nautical School entry books, 1913-1950 and Department of Navigation enrolment book, 1950-1969.

The Public Record Office holds papers relating to the King Edward VII Nautical College, 1945-1966 (Refs: ED 114/1264-1265 and ED 168/916-919). The National Maritime Museum, Manuscripts Section, holds the records of the British Sailors Society, 19th-20th centuries (Ref: MS 79/021).

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Publication note:

Sir John Cass College, 1898-1970 by Sean Glynn (London Guildhall University, 2002).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Initially compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Sources: survey information by Janet Foster, May 2000; catalogue of the City of London Polytechnic archives by Meg Sweet, 1987. Subsequent amendments made by the Archives Project Team at London Metropolitan University in 2016.

Rules or conventions:
Initially 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:
Oct 2001

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