Papers of Christina W Bell, student of the Glasgow & West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (Incorporated), Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

The collection contains Christina Bell's Glasgow & West of Scotland College of Domestic Science notebooks, books and certificates, along with photographs, cloth items, utensil, a miniature bed and ephemera.

  • Notebooks on various housewifery / cookery topics, teaching, household management, patching and upholstery, needlework (including samples) and chemistry from the GWSCDS  (10 volumes) 1916-1919
  • Books used during her time at the GWSCDS relating to cookery, upholstery, embroidery, dressmaking, sewing and household management (15 items) 1888-1928
  • Certificates/diplomas awarded to Christina Bell (5 items) 1915-1919
  • 1 miniature bed (57cm x 30.5cm), 1 miniature mattress and 1 miniature pillow (3 items)
  • Cloth items made by Christina Bell including bedding for the miniature bed, uniform cuffs, lace work, samples, bags and cases and other domestic cloth items (25 items)
  • 3 postcards of GWSCDS, Park Drive, 1 advertisement for course of GWSCDS superior household demonstrations (April 1922) (4 items) c1922
  • Framed photograph of Christina Bell and her class, 1919 (1 item)
  • [Various other photographs were left behind by a family member and have been copied for the Archive]
  • Utensils : 1 set goffering irons (1 item) [1916-1919]

Administrative / Biographical History

Christina Wight Bell was born in 1897 and was theoldest child of Thomas Bell and Jane Wight, the others being Alexander,Helen (Tibby), William and Thomas. Their father had a textile mill,Damncroft Mill, in Peebles, Borders, Scotland. The family in time movedto Ayr, Scotland, and then Kilmarnock, Scotland, and Christina, or Chrissieasshe was known, attended the Glasgow & West of Scotland College ofDomesticScience as a Diploma student from 1916 to 1919. She went on to marryJohnKennedy on Boxing Day 1929 and had three children Jean, Gilbert and Roy.During her time as a teacher she taught at Newton Park School in Ayr,SpeirsSchool in Beith, North Ayrshire, Scotland, and Beith Academy. Christinadiedin 1981.


The collection is awaiting formal arrangement

Access Information

Open by arrangements with Glasgow Caledonian University Archives

Acquisition Information

Donated by family member on 2 May 2001

Other Finding Aids

Handlist to item level available in the searchroom

A more detailed description of this collection may be found via the Glasgow Caledonian University Archives home page at

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Carole McCallum, Glasgow Caledonian University Archivist, 19 February 2002

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 20 February 2002

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 1847 procedures

Custodial History

Retained by family


Accruals possible

Related Material

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GB 1847 GSC Records of Glasgow School of Cookery

GB 1847 WSC Records of West End School of Cookery, Glasgow

The Queen's College Special Collection (Glasgow Caledonian University Library Special Collections) see


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