Foundation of University College London Papers

Scope and Content

Documents concerning the foundation and early history of University College:

Two share certificates, 1826-1837

One receipt for £10, 11 Feb 1829. Found in an old book in Canada

Printed form, 'Proposed Plan for future management', with pencil ms. notes, 1832

Newspaper cutting from 'The Examiner' re: laying foundation stone, 10 Apr 1827.

Administrative / Biographical History

University College London was formally founded as the University of London on 11 February 1826. It was originally set up as a joint stock company as it did not initially receive a Royal Charter. The new 24-member Council adopted the building design submitted by William Wilkins (who was later to design the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square). Academic sessions of the University started in October 1828. It was renamed University College London (UCL) and received its Royal Charter on 28 November 1836. On the same day, a new University of London was established with the power to award degrees in medicine, arts and laws to students from both UCL and King's College London. University College School was founded and opened in 1830.

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Acquisition Information

Transferred from College Collection, 28 April 1989.