Collection CDPM - PHARMACY: Chelsea College departmental records

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PHARMACY: Chelsea College departmental records


  • 1935-1997 (Creation)

Level of description



53 boxes

Scope and content

Pharmacy material at the South-Western Polytechnic, Chelsea College and King's College London, comprises correspondence, minutes, theses, staff publications and exam question papers, 1935-1997. It includes correspondence relating to student prizes, examinations, enrolment of students, and the staffing and management of the Department of Pharmacy, Chelsea College and at King's College London, 1958-1995; minutes, papers and correspondence relating to the University of London Board of Studies in Pharmacy, Chelsea College Department of Chemistry, Departmental Board, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 1939-1992; bound copies of postgraduate theses and dissertations for students of Pharmacy, Chelsea College, and of King's College London following the merger of 1985, 1965-1993; off-prints of publications by members of staff of the Department of Pharmacy, Chelsea College, including copies of the Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology and Biochemical pharmacology , 1957-1978; sessional and final exam question papers for students of pharmacy, Chelsea College and King's College London, 1935-1995; lists of exam results and pass lists for undergraduate and postgraduate students of pharmacy, 1976-1988.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

BSc dissertations have been destroyed, in accordance with King’s record retention schedule.

System of arrangement

Theses and dissertations arranged alphabetically; examination question papers chronologically, and remainder boxed by year of accession.

General Information

Name of creator

Biographical history

Materia medica and therapeutics were subjects taught from the inception of King's College. A Department of Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics was created in 1901, superseded by the Department of Physiology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Pharmacology in 1954. Pharmacology emerged as an independent department at King's College in 1965. Practical pharmacy classes were held in the Medical Department of King's from around 1871, and from around 1896 in the Chemistry section of the Technical Department at the South-Western Polytechnic (later Chelsea College which merged with King's in 1985), and instruction for the examinations of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain commenced in 1922 when the Chelsea School of Pharmacy was opened. Chelsea became the first institution recognised by the University of London to offer a degree in Pharmacy with the first graduate in 1926. The rapid expansion of teaching in pharmacy at Chelsea occasioned the opening of a pharmacognosy laboratory in 1927 and the creation of a separate Department of Pharmacy in 1933. Distinct departments of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Pharmacy, had emerged by 1957. Post-merger, the Departments of Pharmacology and of Pharmacy were part of the Faculty of Life Sciences, and the Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences Divisions of the School of Life, Basic Medical and Health Sciences from 1991. The Division of Pharmacology and Therapeutics has been part of the School of Biomedical Sciences, and Pharmacy part of the School of Life Sciences, since 1998.

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally closed for 20 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes.

Files containing personal data are closed for 80 years and sensitive personal data for 100 years from the date of the most recent document in the file.

Where open, access is subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

Chelsea College/King's College Pharmacy Student Records (Ref: CDPM/FP1, KDPM/FP2, KDPM/FP, KDPM/FPPG, KDPM/FP(W), KDPM/FPPG(W), KDPM/TH).

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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