Photographs and other items from Kingston Polytechnic and Gipsy Hill Teacher Training College

Scope and Content

Photographs and other albums relating to Kingston Polytechnic and Gipsy Hill Teacher Training College. Includes two albums of staff portraits from Kingston Polytechnic 1970- early 1980s, group photographs from 1969/ 1970, and correspondence from former students of Gipsy Hill Teacher Training College sending in Newsletters and other items.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gipsy Hill Teacher Training College was established in 1917 and a revolutionary College for the education of Kindergarten and primary school children. Originally founded on a site on Gipsy Hill, near Croydon, the College's first principle was Lilian de Lissa, an expert in education training from Australia. The College continued at the Gipsy Hill site until the Second World War, growing in popularity but suffering from failing buildings. During the War the College was evacuated, first to Brighton and then to a large house near Bradford. After the war in 1946 the College moved to Kingston Hill, where it continued to grow in popularity. In 1975 the College became part of Kingston Polytechnic, which later became Kingston University. The site of the College from 1946 onwards is now the University's Kingston Hill campus.

Kingston University is a university in Kingston upon Thames, south-west London. Formerly a polytechnic, it was granted university status in 1992.


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Conditions Governing Access

Items are available to view by appointment in the Archive. Please email Kingston University Archives and Special Collections to make an appointment. Many of the images have been digitised and are available to view online on our Kingston University Archives Digital Collections site

Custodial History

Originally collected by the Alumni Relations team at Kingston University, prior to being transferred to the Archive by the Creative Content team at Kingston University

Related Material

Other images relating to Gipsy Hill Teacher Training College can be found in the Gipsy Hill Archive KUAS1. Other photographs from the University's history can be found in the Kingston University Photographs Collection KUAS43