Archive

North London Collegiate School’s Archive consists of records relating to the history of North London Collegiate School from 1850 onwards, including many items concerning Frances Mary Buss and the development of the school, the subsequent Headmistresses, staff and pupils, as well as women's education and teacher training.

Frances Mary Buss was central to the establishment of the Association of Head Mistresses, and she and her successors were important influences in the foundation of numerous schools throughout the world and in the wider world of education, including teacher training.

Miss Buss was awarded a pendant in recognition of her role in establishing the Association of Head Mistresses

Miss Buss was awarded a pendant in recognition of her role in establishing the Association of Head Mistresses

 

Tug of War c.1890.  

Weather readings 1920s

 

Pupils’ Evacuation, World War 2

 

Science lesson, World War 2

 

The Archive also contains a collection on the history of Canons including material on James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos and the subsequent owners of Canons.  An important item in the collection is the Letter Book of Cassandra Brydges, second wife of the Duke.

Used and appreciated by academics, genealogists and other researchers, pupils also benefit from unrivalled access to the unique archival material, which is used to inspire and complement curricular and extra-curricular activities.  Students of all ages handle primary documents, bringing to life historical events such as the suffragettes and suffragists and life during the two World Wars, and encouraging them to appreciate the school’s traditions. Founder's Day is celebrated each year, and is yet another occasion for the whole school community to use and appreciate the collections.

Download the complete Archive Booklet

Some digitised documents can be accessed here and admissions forms of all NLCS pupils from 1850–1914 are available on the commercial site Find My Past.  For access to a wider range of material, available for research purposes, please contact nlcslib@nlcs.org.uk (020 8951 6430).

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