Northampton College of Education

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters, notes and plans dealing with the foundation of the college and the transfer from Liverpool of the Kirkby Fields Teacher Training College. There are two files, including correspondence and reports, relating to college staff. Papers relating to the college Governing Body include its constitution, minutes of meetings, correspondence and the appointment of Governors. The remainder consists of a file of Principal's reports, prospectuses, leaflets, Social Club accounts, a large scrapbook of cuttings and memorabilia and a sheet of photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Northampton College of Education was founded in 1972, located on a new campus in Moulton Park, Northampton. It brought together two institutions. One was the Kirkby Fields Teacher Training College which was relocated from its former home in Liverpool. The second was an outpost of the City of Leicester Training College, which had opened in 1966 at the John Clare School in Northampton specifically to cater for mature students.

The college ceased to function as an independent unit in 1975, when it was amalgamated with the Northampton School of Art and College of Technology to form Nene College. At this time a second outpost of the City of Leicester Training College, based at Corby since 1966, was also incorporated.


The collection is arranged in to eleven series as detailed in the University of Northampton online catalogue for the Northampton College of Education.

Access Information

All items are accessible. Details about our opening times and how to arrange a visit can be found on the University of Northampton Archive web pages

Acquisition Information

The collection contains material from several sources. Some files were transferred from Northamptonshire County Council records store. Further materials and memorabilia were collected by individuals who cannot now be identified.

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Conditions Governing Use

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We do not expect that there will be major accruals to this collection but the University would welcome the chance to discuss any further potential donations of records relating to the Northampton College of Education.