Archive of the University of Liverpool: Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies

Scope and Content

Faculty Records (1937 - 1995) including Minute Books and Registers of Attendance of the Board of Social Science and Administration (1937 - 1971); Minutes and Report Books of the Board of the Faculty (1971 - 1993); Minute Books of the Committees (1971 - 1992). Records of Schools and Departments include Architecture and Building Engineering (mid c.19th - 1982); Department of Education (including School and Faculty of Education, Institute of Education, Library records) (1904 - 1996); Department of Geography (1928 - 1929; 1967 - 1968); Department of Psychology (1947 - 1975); Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work (1918 - 1964)

Administrative / Biographical History

From 1926, Social Science, Geography, Economics and Commerce were grouped together as the School of Social Science and Administration. The Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies was established in 1971. Formerly the departments of the Faculty belonged to the old Faculty of Arts; the departments that made up the faculty were concerned with the study of the human environment in its widest sense. This therefore included Architecture, Commerce and Business Studies, Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Geography.


Arranged into the following sections:

  • Faculty Records
  • Publications of the Faculty
  • Schools and Departments 
    • School of Architecture and Building Engineering
    • Department of Civic Design
    • Business Studies
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Economic History
    • Commerce
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Geography
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Sociology, Social policy and Social Work

Access Information

Please phone (0151 794 2696) or email for an appointment; you may reserve material in advance.

For non University of Liverpool visitors, please bring some form of photo id (e.g. driving licence, travel pass, passport); Sydney Jones Library reception desk staff will issue you with a day pass.

Please note that some materials may be closed or have restricted access.

Related Material

It is possible that further records may be found in the Faculty of Arts records or Staff and Graduate papers. Relevant links to related material have been given wherever appropriate and possible at school and department level.


For a general introduction to the history of the Faculty of Social and Environmental Sciences, see Kelly, Thomas,For the Advancement of Learning: the University of Liverpool 1881 - 1981, Liverpool University Press 1981, pp.226-231;359-72;497;510