Collection KFN - NATURAL SCIENCE: King's College London faculty records

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NATURAL SCIENCE: King's College London faculty records


  • 1896-1985 (Creation)

Level of description



7 boxes and volumes

Scope and content

The records of the King's College London Faculty of Natural Science include Faculty staff minute books, correspondence relating mainly to course planning, admissions and studentships, and student photographs, 1896-1985. These notably include the main series of staff minutes and agendas, 1896-1985; correspondence concerned with the strategic direction of the Faculty, 1974-1985; correspondence relating to studentships and research projects in the Departments of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Physiology and Biochemistry, 1985; memoranda and reports concerned with the Faculty student admissions procedure, 1975-1986; general correspondence touching upon overseas students, BSc regulations, the International Baccalaureate and exam result statistics, 1956-1984; photographs of students, 1957-1985.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically within each category of records.

General Information

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Biographical history

The Faculty of Science was originally founded in 1893, of which the Division of Natural Science formed a part, before becoming the Faculty of Natural Science in 1921. The Faculty was eventually closed in 1985 and its constituent departments and successors now fall mainly under the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering and the School of Life and Health Sciences.

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Biographical history

The Department of Science was renamed the Faculty of Science in 1893 and consisted of the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Division of Natural Sciences. Engineering and Applied Sciences were briefly joined by Architecture from 1896. As part of the reoganisation during the transfer of King's College London to the University of London, the Faculty of Science was split into two separate faculties: the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Science including the Department of Bacteriology in 1903. The Faculty of Science soon increased to include Divisions of Natural Science, Medical [later Science] Division, Department of Bacteriology and the Department of Public Health. By 1921 the Faculty of Science was once again rearranged to become the Faculty of Natural Science.

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

Additional records for the departments that comprised the King's College London Faculty of Natural Science are listed under the title of the constituent department. See also Faculty student records (Ref: KCLCA KFN/FP, KFN/FPC); College Secretarial series (Ref: KCLCA KAS/AC2); Examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX).

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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

Sources used: King's College Calendars. Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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