Collection KFE - ENGINEERING: King's College London faculty records

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ENGINEERING: King's College London faculty records


  • 1840-1974 (Creation)

Level of description



12 boxes and 8 volumes

Scope and content

The records of the Department and Faculty of Engineering at King's College consist mainly of minute books, correspondence and some printed publications, 1840- 1974. These include the principal set of departmental and faculty minute books, 1844-1974; correspondence with the Dean of the Faculty and others on academic and departmental matters including students, syllabuses, financial awards, the College Library, 1st year students’ examination scripts for manufacturing arts, 1875; co-operation with University College London and some strategic planning including quinquennia, 1964-1973; manuscript 'surveying equipment book' with lists of equipment used at various locations including Vale of Health, Hampstead, the Old Vic Theatre and Dorking, Surrey, 1925-1965.

System of arrangement

Arranged into main series as described in the Scope and Content field.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

The Class of Civil Engineering and Mining was founded at King's in 1838, mainly as a response to the growth of the railway system and the need for more qualified engineers. This became the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture and Science, as Applied to Arts and Manufactures in 1840. Over the next few years this department enlarged in scope and in 1844 became the Department of the Applied Sciences. This became the Department of Engineering and the Applied Sciences in 1874. In 1893 the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences was created as part of the Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Engineering was created in 1902, which originally was made up of the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Separate departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic and Electrical Engineering were formed, with Civil and Mechanical Engineering combining in 1935. Civil Engineering was then closed in 1989, whilst Mechanical Engineering and Electronic and Electrical Engineering, now the Department of Electronic Engineering, became part of the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering in 1991 and the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences in 2019.

Custodial history

King's College London Department/Faculty of Engineering

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

Finding aids

This summary guide and detailed catalogue

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

King's College London Archives: Engineering student records (Ref: KCLCA KFE/FP, KFEE/FP, KFEE/FP(W), KFEE/FPPG, KFEE/FPPG(W), KFME/FP, KFME/FPPG, KFE/ER); records of the King's College Engineering Society (Ref: KCLCA KSE/M, KSE/RAD, KSE/SB, KSE/L, KSE/FR, KSE/SR, KSE/ED, KSE/PBN, KSE/PUB); records of the King's College Association of Engineers (Ref: KCLCA KSAE); records of the King's College London Association (Ref: KCLCA KSAE); papers of Professor Ernest Wilson (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 9); papers of Charles James Thornton (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 18); papers of Alexander Hope Jameson (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 24); papers of Professor John Kevin Tyrie Llewellyn (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 37); papers of David Leete (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 42); records of the College Secretary (Ref: KAS/AC2); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX).

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


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell

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