Records of Glasgow University Nautical Society, student society, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Secretaries' reports 1924-1927;
  • Minute book 1924-1928;
  • List of committee members 1947-1952.

Administrative / Biographical History

Glasgow University Naval Architecture Society was founded in 1919  for the purpose of promoting the study of naval architecture, by means of lectures, discussions and relevant visits. Honorary Professors included J H Biles , Professor of Naval Architecture. They held annual general meetings (March), annual dinners (January or February) and reunion nights (October). They also had a reading room and held debates. In 1924 it was decided that ladies should be allowed to attend the annual dinners, that lectures would be limited to five per year, and that a book of lecturers' autographs should be kept. It was also decided that former presidents should be made honorary members. In 1926 distinctions were made between student and graduate members. Falling student numbers led to a decline in membership but it was noted that lectures were well attended, particularly by graduate members. In 1928  a meeting was called to discuss the cancelling of the annual dinner that academic year and a motion was put forward to "temporarily wind up" the society. The society was reformed in 1946-1947  as Glasgow University Nautical Society and Professor Robb was its inaugural Honorary President. The last entry of The Glasgow University Nautical Society in the University of Glasgow Student Handbooks was in 1950-1951.


Arranged chronologically within record series.

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Acquisition Information

Transfer : Dr Nina Baker : 2002

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Digital file level list available in searchroom

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Custodial History

Held by Department of Naval Architecture before transfer to GUAS, when the department moved to Strathclyde University.


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Related Material

  • GB 0248 DC 157 Glasgow University Student Handbooks
  • GB 0248 NAV Records of the Naval Architecture Department

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Peter Monteith, Archive Assistant (Graduate Trainee), 2 October 2008. Lower level description compiled by Peter Monteith, Archive Assistant (Graduate Trainee), 2 October 2008.