Fonds HOL - Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce and predecessors

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Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce and predecessors


  • 1884-1970 (Creation)

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The Hugh Myddleton Institute succeeded evening classes begun under the School Board for London at the Bowling Green Lane School in 1884. By 1898 the roll had increased, and the Evening School was raised to the status of a 'Commercial and Science and Art Centre'. In 1913 it became a Senior Commercial Institute. Various premises were used for classes. Pupils included clerical and postal workers, civil servants, and employees of various commercial firms in the Finsbury/Holborn area. Subjects included shorthand, accounting, and law. In 1915 a French class was begun, and from this developed the Princeton Street School of Modern Languages. These were succeeded by Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce (1960-1970), which was itself amalgamated with Regent Street Polytechnic to form the Polytechnic of Central London in 1970.

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Records, 1884-1970, of Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce and its predecessors, Bowling Green Lane Night School, Hugh Myddleton Institute, and Princeton Street School of Modern Languages.

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The arrangement for this Fonds follows the other large institutional Fonds held by the University of Westminster. However very few records of Holborn College and its pedecesssor institutions survive. The decision was taken to create an arrangement that mirrored the other collections, in case any additional records should be found later, and also to highlight the gaps in the collection.

The Fonds has therefore been divided into the following series:

HOL/1 Governing Body

HOL/2 Administration

HOL/3 Finance [empty]

HOL/4 Education [empty]

HOL/5 Publications

HOL/6 Events

HOL/7 Photographs [empty]

HOL/8 Student Body [empty]

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Status: Open. Access is subject to signing the Regulations for Access form, unless the records are restricted under the Data Protection Act 2018 or under exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000

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  • English

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