Finsbury Technical College

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records relating to Finsbury Technical College, 1879-1926, notably City and Guilds of London Institute reports to the sub-committee on the Cowper Street Schools, 1879, 1880; address on the College opening, by Philip Magnus, 1883; curriculum sheets, undated; examination papers, 1884-1885; meeting notes of the Board of Examiners, 1915; papers relating to the Old Students Association, comprising rules, undated, summary report of the Council on efforts to avert the closure of the college, [1925]; minutes of the general committee, 1906-1922; journal, 1887; magazine, 1907-1926; notes on lectures by Professor Ayrton and Professor Perry, 1883-1885.

Administrative / Biographical History

The livery companies set up the City and Guilds of London Institute for the Advancement of Technical Education (C&GLI) in 1878 through their involvement with training craftsmen. One of their aims was to create a Central Institution in London to improve the training of craftsmen. As they were initially unable to find a site for the Institution, Finsbury Technical College was established in 1878. The College closed in 1926.

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Separated Material

Students' admission register 1892-1926 and evening students' admission register 1882-1890, held at the Guildhall Library, Manuscripts Section.

Conditions Governing Use

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Custodial History

Accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

Related Material

Records of the City and Guilds of London Institute (F), City and Guilds College (FC-FS), Department of Electrical Engineering (KEE) and the papers of Henry Edward Armstrong (B/ARMSTRONG), held at Imperial College.