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This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB
Dates of Creation 1902-1979
Name of Creator Brixton School of Building, London County Council School of Building
Language of Material English
Physical Description 2 boxes

Scope and Content

Contains the records of Brixton School of Building. The collection has been arranged into the following categories:

BSB/1 Works in Converting the Baths in Ferndale Road into a Technical Institute, 1902;

BSB/2 Prospectuses, 1936-1971;

BSB/3 Historical Publications, 1955-1979;

BSB/4 Magazines, 1955-1958;

BSB/5 Distribution of Prizes and Exhibition Work, 1948-1960;

BSB/6 Syllabuses, Course Notes and Examination Papers, 1953-1970;

BSB/7 Administration, 1960s;

BSB/8 Professional Publications, 1963-1977.

BSB/9 Photographs, c.1910-1930s

Administrative / Biographical History

The London County Council School of Building was opened on 26th February 1904 with Mr H. W. Richards as Principal to provide a specialist training college for the large number of building workers in Camberwell and Lambeth. The Lambeth Polytechnic building in Ferndale Road, Brixton was renovated to contain a drawing office and workshops for painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery. When it first opened 643 students enrolled on classes covering stone carving, plasters' modelling, drawing, chemistry and physics of building materials, land surveying and levelling.

The School soon gained a world-wide reputation as a centre of excellence in the fields of town planning, building technology, estate management and building architecture. In 1906 a school of architecture was added, organised by Professor Beresford Pite of the Royal Academy of Art. Demand for courses increased so rapidly that in 1908 the School added a Junior Day Technical College for Boys and then a Senior Day Technical School along with a new extension in 1909.

In 1910 five-year courses were introduced in all trade subjects, followed in 1911 by a four year course in reinforced concrete and in 1912 a course in structural engineering all examined by the City and Guilds of London Institute. In 1921 Mr A. R. Sage became Principal and in 1922, Sir Robert Blair (LCC Education Officer) wrote 'the Brixton School is easily the first and most complete school of building in the world'. In 1927 until 1943 Mr F. E. Drury was Principal. The Board of Education classified the School as a College of Further Education in 1928 and the following year a three year day course was introduced leading to the Ordinary and Higher National Diploma in Building or the Intermediate Examination of the Royal Institute of British Architects or the Chartered Surveyors Institute.

In 1943 it was renamed the Brixton School of Building. In March 1945 Mr D. A. G. Reid CBE became Principal and after the Second World War the School rapidly expanded so that by 1949 the number of full time students exceeded 400. In 1956 Brixton was designated a regional college and the governors decided not to concentrate on work at higher levels, but to retain its craft work and lower level teaching.

Under the government's policy for higher education, given in the White Paper 'A Plan for Polytechnics and Other Colleges', published in 1966, the higher level studies at Brixton would have to be continued within a new institution based on the polytechnic model. Brixton School of Building became part of the Polytechnic of the South Bank in 1970, along with the Borough Polytechnic, City of Westminster College and the National College for Heating, Ventilating, Refrigeration and Fan Engineering. Five of the six departments from Brixton became the new Polytechnic's Faculty of Construction, Technology and Design. The sixth department, along with some work from other departments formed the Vauxhall College of Further Education. The Faculty moved into the new purpose-designed Wandsworth Road building during the summer of 1973 and the building was officially opened on 17 April 1975 by Anthony Crosland MP. The Faculty became the largest and most comprehensive Built Environment faculty in Europe covering subjects such as Property Development, Waste Management and Architecture. In the summer of 2003 the Wandsworth Road building was sold by London South Bank University and students and staff transferred back to the University's main Southwark campus to form the Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment.

Conditions Governing Access

Open except for records restricted under the Data Protection Act. Please contact the University Archives Centre for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Acquisition Information

Acquired on the amalgamation of the Brixton School of Building into the Polytechnic of the South Bank in 1970. Some material donated by former students.

Other Finding Aid

London South Bank University online catalogue

Related Material

The London Metropolitan Archives holds:

Plans of Brixton School of Building, Ferndale Road (Catalogue Reference: GLC/AR/BR/19/1559);

Photos of Brixton School of Building, 1911-1976 (Catalogue Reference: SC/PHL/02);

Reports of the Education Officers Department of the London County Council, 1914-1954 (Catalogue Reference: LCC/EO/HCC).

The National Archives holds records on Brixton School of Building, created by the Department of Education and Science, 1945-1967 (Catalogue Reference: ED 114/1265).

Subjects

Vocational education
Higher education institutions
Building construction education
Architecture education
Technological institutes
Industrial education -- 1902-1970
Engineering education -- 1902-1970
Building construction education -- 1902-1970

Corporate Names

Brixton School of Building; 1904-1970

Cataloguing Info

Title Brixton School of Building
Author London South Bank University Archives Centre
Publication 28/11/2012
Creation Finding aid created by export from CALM v9.2.27 Archives Hub EAD2002
Revisions

Works in Converting the Baths in Ferndale Road into a Technical Institute

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/1
Dates of Creation March 1902
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

'Form of Tender, Contract, Specification and Bill of Quantities for the Execution and Completion of Works in Converting the Baths in Ferndale Road, Brixton into a Technical Institute' produced by the General Constructional Section of the Architects' Department of London County Council.

Administrative / Biographical History

The newly established London County Council School of Building moved into premises on Ferndale Road which were formerly private baths in 1904.

Subjects

Building construction

Prospectuses

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/2
Dates of Creation 1936-1971
Name of Creator Brixton School of Building , London County Council School of Building
Language of Material English
Physical Description 7 prospectuses

Scope and Content

Comprises one prospectuses for the London County Council School of Building and six prospectuses for the Brixton School of Building from the following academic years:

Abridged Prospectus 1936-1937 (LCC School of Building);

1949-1950;

1951-1952;

1953-1954;

1954-1955;

1959-1960;

1963-1964;

1970-1971.


Historical Publications

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/3
Dates of Creation 1955-1979
Name of Creator Arthur J. H. Clayton, London County Council, D. A. G.Reid
Language of Material English
Physical Description 3 publications

Scope and Content

Comprises a short essay of recollections and two historical publications.

Personal Names

Clayton, Arthur J. H.
Reid, D. A. G

Recollections of Brixton School of Building 1913-1916

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/3/1
Dates of Creation 20 October 1974
Name of Creator Arthur J. H. Clayton
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 envelope

Scope and Content

A short essay by Mr Clayton recollecting his time at the Brixton School of Building from the age of 12 years in 1913. Includes a short letter written to the Polytechnic of the South Bank's Principal.

Personal Names

Clayton,, Arthur J. H.

The First Fifty Years: History of the Brixton School of Building 1904-1955

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/3/2
Dates of Creation 1955
Name of Creator London County Council
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 book

Scope and Content

A book charting the first fifty years of the Brixton School of Building. It includes a history of the School along with illustrations and names of members of the governing body and staff giving exceptionally long or valuable service.

Administrative / Biographical History

Published by the London County Council.


The School of Building Story 1904-1979

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/3/3
Dates of Creation 1979
Name of Creator D.A.G Reid
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 pamphlet

Scope and Content

A pamphlet charting the School of Building's history from its foundation as the London County Council School of Building in 1904 until its merger into the Polytechnic of the South Bank in 1970.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

spiral bound


Magazines

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/4
Dates of Creation 1955, 1958
Name of Creator Brixton School of Building
Language of Material English
Physical Description 2 magazines

Scope and Content

Comprises two issues of the Brixton School of Building in-house magazine; one from February 1955 and one from January 1958.


Distribution of Prizes and Exhibition Work

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/5
Dates of Creation 1949-1960
Name of Creator Brixton School of Building
Language of Material English
Physical Description 11 programmes

Scope and Content

Comprises programmes listing students who have received awards in different categories of study. The programmes are from awards ceremonies in the following years:

November 1949

November 1950

January 1952

November 1952

November 1954

November 1955

November 1956

November 1957

November 1958

November 1959

November 1960


Syllabuses, Course Notes and Examination Papers

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/6
Dates of Creation 1953-1970
Name of Creator Brixton School of Building
Language of Material English
Physical Description 3 envelopes

Scope and Content

Comprises syllabus information for National Certificate and Higher National Certificate courses in Public Health Engineering, course notes for teachers on a variety of topics and subjects and exam papers for end of year, National Certificate and Higher National Certificate exams.


Syllabuses for Public Health Engineering

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/6/1
Dates of Creation c1956-1968
Name of Creator Brixton School of Building
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 envelope

Scope and Content

Includes syllabuses for the following National Certificate courses in Building (Public Health Engineering) c.1958: Science; Mathematics; Building Construction; Public Health Engineering Drawing; Specifications and Quantities; Estimating; Public Health Engineering; Installation Design; Public Health Law; Surveying and Levelling; Office Organisation and Methods; Hydrostatics and Hydraulics.

Also includes syllabuses for the following Higher National Certificate courses in Building (Public Health Engineering), c.1968: Science and Engineering; Sanitary Installation and Land Survey; Hydrostatics and Hydraulics; Building Services (Install Design); General Studies; Measurement, Economics and Specifications; Law and Administration.


Course Notes for Teachers of Plumber's Welding and Hard Metal Work, Welding Workshop Equipment, Recent Developments in Plumbing and Drainage, Refuse Disposal and Hot Water Supply

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/6/2
Dates of Creation 1953-1968
Name of Creator Brixton School of Building
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 envelope

Scope and Content

Comprises course notes for teachers in the Building Trades Department including: notes on the topics of Hot Water Supply and Refuse Disposal for the Higher National Certificate - Construction I course; notes for the post graduate course 'Recent Developments in Plumbing and Drainage'; notes for the Welding Workshop Equipment course. Also includes notes on a special course for teachers of Plumbers' Welding and Hard Metal Working concerning pipe welding.


Examination Papers

This material is held at London South Bank University Archives Centre
Reference Number(s) GB 2110 BSB/6/3
Dates of Creation 1954-1970
Name of Creator Brixton School of Building
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 envelope

Scope and Content

1st Year Bricklayers - Social Studies, 1954

2nd Year Brickwork - Calculations, 1959-60

1st Year Carpentry and Joinery -Technology B, 1960-61

Ordinary National Certificate III - Public Health Engineering Science, 1961-62

Higher National Certificate Endrosement - Hydraulics, 1961-62, 1962-63 and 1965-66

Higher National Certificate II - Public Health Design II, 1964-65

Ordinary National Certificate III - Sanitary Science III, 1965-66

Higher National Certificate V - Design II, 1965-66

Higher National Certificate V - Public Health Engineering, Installation Design II, 1965-66

Institute of Plumbing Part I - Design I, 1967-68, 1968-69 and 1969-70

Higher National Certificate - Services, 1967-68

Higher National Certificate II - Services Design II, 1969-70

Arrangement

Chronological

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Loose paper examination question sheets