North East London Polytechnic institutional archive

Scope and Content

Records of the North East London Polytechnic, later Polytechnic of East London, 1968-1992, including:

Minutes and papers of the Board of Governors, 1969-1992; Minutes and papers of the Academic Board, 1968-1991; Annual Reports, 1970-1991; Prospectuses, Student handbooks and guides to the Polytechnic, 1970-1992; Programmes for events and ceremonies, 1970-1985, notably the for the Inauguration and Designation Ceremonies of the new Polytechnic, 1970; Internal newsletters and magazines, 1970-[1999]; papers relating to selected departments, [1970s-1980s], including the Anglian Regional Management Centre; administrative and published papers of George Brosan, first Director of the Polytechnic, [1970s].

Administrative / Biographical History

Formed in 1970 by the merger of Barking Regional College of Technology, Waltham Forest Technical College and West Ham College of Technology. Became University of East London in 1992.


Collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is by appointment only. Please contact the Archives Department, University of East London, for information. See: www.uel/lls/archives

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the library at UEL's Barking Campus, 2006.

Other Finding Aids

Very basic (and incomplete) hand list available on request.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the archivist.

Custodial History

Before its move to the Docklands Campus, the uncatalogued and unsorted institutional archive was housed at UEL's Barking Campus and in an external store. When the Barking Campus closed in 2006, the material which was held onsite was transferred, however the external store material was not and as a consequence is lost. The extant material is therefore of a very patchy nature.

Related Material

UEL also holds some material relating to the three institutions which formed the North East London Polytechnic, comprising: West Ham College of Technology and its predecessors, 1898-1970; South East Essex Technical College, later Barking Regional College of Technology, 1936-1970; South West Essex Technical College and School of Art, later Waltham Forest Technical College and School of Art, 1938-1977.

The archive also holds a small amount of material relating to the University of East London, mostly minutes of meetings of the Board of Governors and Academic Board, 1992-2010 [incomplete].