Loughborough College Records

Scope and Content

Minutes of Governors 1913-21 & 1927-30; Hostel Committee 1924-49; Engineering Advisory Council 1919-22; Board of Education Recognition & Claims forms 1920-40; Ministry of Education Recognition & Claims forms 1945-49; Board of Education Register of Teachers 1915-26; general administrative records 1919-52; financial records including fees books 1916-50 and staff salaries 1918-23; student enrolment records and registers 1922-43; student lists 1919-39; records of student practical work 1918-54; diploma pass lists 1919-54; college calendars 1909-52; prospectuses 1919-50; departmental prospectuses 1935-52; summer school prospectuses 1935-52; examination papers 1923-52; college magazine 1918-55; engineering drawings and works department production records 1917-52; photographs including Instructional Factory 1916-52; Loughborough College Scientific Society 1921-39; press cuttings etc 1918-48

Administrative / Biographical History

The origins of the present Loughborough University lie in Loughborough College which began life as the Loughborough Technical Institute. This was set up by Leicestershire County Council in 1909 to provide local facilities for further education. Courses in science, art and technology were taught in day and evening classes. During the First World War, the Technical Institute, on the initiative of an energetic new Principal, Herbert Schofield, became an 'Instructional Factory' for the Ministry of Munitions. In addition to normal teaching, the College trained over 2000 men and women 'on production' for the munitions industry, making shell cases and machine parts in the college workshops. In 1918 the College changed its name to Loughborough Technical College and in 1920 to Loughborough College. Between the wars Loughborough College expanded, attracting students from all over the world. It widened its reputation beyond engineering to athletics, handicrafts and teacher training. In 1930 the Loughborough Summer School was set up, teaching a variety of courses and particularly athletics. In 1951-2 the College was divided into four separate institutions reflecting its main areas of interest. Loughborough Training College (later Loughborough College of Education) provided teacher training; Loughborough College of Art taught art and design; Loughborough College of Further Education (now Loughborough College) offered local and vocational training; and Loughborough College of Technology continued its courses in science and engineering.


Arranged into series derived from the main areas of function and administration

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Typescript catalogue available in the searchroom

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jenny Clark, University Archivist. See: The History of Loughborough College 1915-52 (Past Students' Association, Loughborough College, 1957); L M Cantor & G F Matthews, Loughborough: From College to University (Loughborough University of Technology, 1977); L M Cantor, Loughborough University of Technology: Past and Present (Loughborough University of Technology, 1990); L Cantor, Loughborough University, The First Forty Years (Loughborough University, 2006)

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Copies may be made for research purposes at the discretion of the University Archivist. Requests to publish, in extract or in full, should be submitted to the University Archivist

Related Material

GB1176 LCT (Loughborough College of Technology 1952-66)GB 1176 LUT (Loughborough University 1966- ) Full series of Governors' minutes in the records of the Leicestershire Education Committee in the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland