Durham University Records: King's College

Scope and Content

No records from the administration of King's College have yet come to light in Durham.

Administrative / Biographical History

King's College was created in 1937 by the amalgamation of Durham University's Armstrong College and the College of Medicine in Newcastle on the formal federalisation of Durham University. It was governed by its own rector, who alternated with the warden of the Durham Colleges as vice-chancellor of the whole university, and its own council. It comprised around two-thirds of the university's student population. Whilst the Science and Medicine, include Dentistry, subjects had been its core strengths, by 1937 it also taught most of the subjects covered in Durham and so, after various proposals during the 1950s, it finally became the independent University of Newcastle in 1963. Students graduating at Newcastle from 1963 who had matriculated pre-1963 were entitled to take their degrees from Durham if they so wished, so Newcastle students, especially postgraduates, continue to appear in Durham pass lists throughout the 1960s. Also some committees continued to operate jointly after 1963, but 1963 was effectively the end of Nerwcastle's association with Durham.

Access Information

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

One item received from a College of Medicine alumnus


Part of : Durham University Records

Other Finding Aids

Online catalogue available at online catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

The archives of King's College, and its antecedents the College of Science/Armstrong College and the College of Medicine, are held by Newcastle University.


G. Grey Turner, The Newcastle upon Tyne School of Medicine, 1834-1934, (Newcastle upon Tyne 1934)

E. M. Bettenson, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne A Historical Introduction 1834-1971 (Newcastle upon Tyne 1971)

N. McCord, Newcastle University: Past, Present and Future (2006)