Scottish College of Textiles

Scope and Content

Records of the Governing Body 1966-1998; Records of Administration 1968-1997; Academic Proceedings 1979-1995; Departmental records 1979-1995; Publications 1969-1999; Photographs 1968-1993; Publicity 1965-1998; Student Work 1998.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1968 the Scottish Woollen Technical College was renamed the Scottish College of Textiles to accurately describe its wider function. It had already moved into new premises on the Netherdale Campus in Galashiels in 1965. The Department of Design extended its range to include textile print, knitting and knitwear design. Computerised weft flat - bed knitting was introduced as was computer aided design. In 1975, the College shifted its efforts from the production of fabric to take into account garment manufacture and fashion design. Four year sandwich courses were established in Clothing Technology and Management. Courses were developed in Business Studies, Management, Accounting, Office and Administration Studies and Computing and Information Studies.

Between 1978 and 1982 another building programme was complete, including self-catering halls of residence, student union, and extension to chemical laboratories and design studios.

In 1989 the CNAA, recommended that the accreditation of the Colleges degree programmes should be transferred from CNAA to Heriot-Watt University. Thereby, the Scottish College of Textiles, as an Associate College, constituted the Faculty of Textiles of Heriot-Watt University. In 1998 the College merged with the University to become the School of Textiles and Design.


Chronologically in accordance with the classification scheme.

Access Information

By appointment at the Scottish Borders Campus, Heriot-Watt University, Netherdale, Galashiels. Some records containing personal information may be closed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Acquisition Information

Records transferred from the School of Textile and Design to the Archive, Records Management and Museum Service.

Other Finding Aids

Printed finding aid is available in the search room.

Archivist's Note

Revisions compiled by Helen Taylor, Archivist, Heriot-Watt University Archive, Records Management and Museum Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents. Permission to publish material from the Archive must be sought in advance from the University Archivist. Responsibility for obtaining copyright clearance rests with the applicant.


Accruals are expected.

Location of Originals

The collection is original.

Geographical Names