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Quick links to records of the predecessor bodies of the University of Westminster

Records of the Royal Polytechnic Institution, 1837-1881


The Polytechnic Institution was opened in August 1838 to provide the public with 'a practical knowledge of the various arts and branches of science connected with Manufactures, Mining Operations, and Rural Economy'.
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Records of the York Place Ragged School, 1867-1871

York Place Ragged School was founded in 1864 by the philanthropist and educationist Quintin Hogg (1845-1903), inspired by his observation of the poor in London.
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Records of the Youths' Christian Institute, Young Men's Christian Institute and Polytechnic Young Men's Christian Institute, 1873-1891


The Youth's Christian Institute (later known as the Young Men's Christian Institute) was founded by Hogg in 1873 to provide for the needs of older, working boys who were evidently reluctant to break their connection with the York Place Ragged School.
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Records of the Regent Street Polytechnic 1891-1970

The Young Men's Christian Institute became Regent Street Polytechnic on 23 June 1891 under a Scheme, drawn up by the Charity Commissioners, establishing a new governing body and ensuring annual funding from the City Parochial Foundation.
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Records of Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce and its predecessors Bowling Green Lane Night School and Hugh Myddleton Institute, 1884-1970


The Hugh Myddleton Institute succeeded evening classes begun under the School Board for London at the Bowling Green Lane School in 1884.
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Records of the Polytechnic of Central London, 1970-1992

The Polytechnic of Central London was the result of a merger of Regent Street Polytechnic with Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce.
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Records of Harrow College of Higher Education and its predecessors, 1897-1991


Marian Henrietta Hewlett (1843-1915) began art and domestic science classes for girls in Harrow in 1887, under the auspices of the Harrow Band of Mercy.
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Records of the University of Westminster, 1992-

The Polytechnic of Central London (PCL) became the University of Westminster on 25 June 1992.
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