King Edward VII Nautical College (1902-1969)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the King Edward VII Nautical College, London, comprising (but not limited to):

  • (Limited) prospectuses
  • Student record cards*

* Requests involving personal data will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

All enquiries should be made to the Special Collections project team specialcollections@londonmet.ac.uk.

Acquisition Information

Prior to 2014 and the commencement of London Metropolitan University Archives Project, all material relating to the King Edward VII Nautical College was stored, uncatalogued, within the University's building on jewry Street, London EC3N 2EY.