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Battersea College of Education

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2110 BCE
Held at: London South Bank University
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Full title: Battersea College of Education
Date(s): 1892-2003
Level of description: Fonds level
Extent: 18 boxes
Name of creator(s): Battersea Training College of Domestic Economy
Battersea College of Domestic Science
Battersea Training College for Primary Teachers
Battersea College of Education
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Battersea College of Education was established in the department of 'Women's Studies' at Battersea Polytechnic Institute as the Training School of Domestic Economy. A special grant had been given to the Polytechnic by the London County Council to open a teacher training school in domestic economy, and the first eleven full time students started their course in 1894. The department was recognised by the Board of Education as a teachers' training school in 1895. The department flourished, and in 1903 a new block was opened to provide improved accommodation. In January 1911 the first hall of residence was opened, with further halls provided in 1914.

After the Second World War the premises of Manor House School on Clapham Common Northside were purchased by London County Council for the Department. In 1948 London County Council took over the management of the department from Battersea Polytechnic and it was re-designated Battersea College of Domestic Science. A programme of building was undertaken, including a new science block which opened in 1953, and further new buildings opened in 1960. The College acquired a new site, Manresa House in Roehampton, in 1963, which became the Battersea Training College for Primary Teachers, providing courses for mature students. The College had also become a constituent college of the University of London Institute of Education, with courses leading to a Teachers' Certificate with special reference to domestic subjects and Department of Education and Science recognition of Qualified Teacher Status. In 1965 responsibility for the college was transferred from the London County Council to the newly established Inner London Education Authority and the College became known as the Battersea College of Education.

In 1976 it was proposed that Battersea should merge with the Polytechnic of the South Bank. Manresa House was closed in 1979, and primary education students were transferred to Rachel McMillan College. Home Economics students remained at Manor House which became part of the Polytechnic of the South Bank. The teacher training certificate was phased out in 1979, and in 1981/1982 the students transferred to the Polytechnic campus.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Battersea College of Education, comprising:

BCE/1, Governance: includes Governing Body and Academic Board minutes, and records regarding visitations by the University of London Institute of Education, 1953-1976;

BCE/2, Staff Records: includes Staff Registers, c1900-1991;

BCE/3, Publications: includes prospectuses, College Magazines, history publications and Battersea Polytechnic reports, 1892-2003;

BCE/4, Photographs: includes group photographs of college students and photographs of lessons, students, staff and exhibitions, 1953-1970;

BCE/5, Plans: comprises a plan of the college n.d;

BCE/6, History and Special Events: includes records regarding official openings, special events and the College's history, 1950s-1970s;

BCE/7, Records on the Merger with South Bank Polytechnic: includes Joint Working Party records and reports, 1973-1976;

BCE/8, Student activities: includes student records and enrolment cards, c.1900-1977;

BCE/9, External publications: comprises external publications regarding the College or domestic economy education in general, 1899-1994.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is catalogued.

Conditions governing access:

The collection is available to the public, except for records restricted under the Data Protection Act. Please contact the University Archives Centre for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Reproduction is at the discretion of University Archives Centre staff

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Other records of the college were destroyed on the move of the college to South Bank Polytechnic.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired on the merger of Battersea College of Education with the Polytechnic of the South Bank in 1976.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The London Metropolitan Archives holds the following records:

Plans of Manresa House, 1967-1968 (Catalogue Reference: ILEA/DBPS/GM/01/023 and ILEA/DBPS/GM/01/024);

Photos, (Catalogue Reference: SC/PHL/02/0390-91 and SC/PHL/02/0417);

English Heritage Project files on Manresa House, (Catalogue Reference: ACC/3499/EH/07/01/410, ACC/3499/EH/07/01/411 and ACC/3499/EH/07/03/026);

Architects Department, Greater London Council- Historic buildings files, (Catalogue Reference: GLC/AR/HB/01/1112);

London County Council Education Officer's Department files on Transfer to London County Council, Visitations and Expansion, (Catalogue Reference: LCC/EO/TRA/02/060, LCC/EO/TRA/02/061, LCC/EO/TRA/02/062, LCC/EO/TRA/02/063 and LCC/EO/TRA/02/064);

Governors Meetings Papers presented to London County Council Education Officer's Department, 1961-1965, (Catalogue Reference: LCC/EO/TRA/04/042, LCC/EO/TRA/04/043, and LCC/EO/TRA/04/044).

The National Archives hold the following records:

Reports of the Department of Education and Science, 1945-1967, (Catalogue Reference: ED 115/135).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
December 2009.

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