Collection WSC - West End School of Cookery records

Identity area

Reference code

GB 1847 WSC

Title

West End School of Cookery records

Date(s)

  • c1878-1908 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

0.15 linear metres (1 box)

Context area

Name of creator

(1878-1908)

Administrative history

The West End School of Cookery, Glasgow, Scotland, was founded in 1878 and opened to the public on 29 October of that year. In 1908, the School amalgamated with the Glasgow School of Cookery to form a Scottish central institution under the title the Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (Incorporated), later named The Queen’s College, Glasgow.

The founder of the West End School of Cookery was Margaret Black (1830-1903), who had been a teacher at the Glasgow School of Cookery and left in 1878 to open her own school. When Margaret Black died in March 1903 she was succeeded as Principal by her niece, Mary McKirdy (1874-1957).

The School’s first premises were in the Corporation Galleries at 2 Dalhousie Street, Glasgow. Initially the School provided private classes in cookery and although it had been running classes in Glasgow and Govan Board Schools, it was not until 1885 that the Scotch Education Department recognised it as a teacher training centre. In September 1903 the school moved to larger premises at 346 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, and also at 1 Scott Street, Glasgow. The subjects taught at the School were extended and by 1905 teachers’ diploma courses were being offered in cookery, housewifery and laundry, along with certificates to housewives, housekeepers and cooks. Prior to amalgamation in 1908 the School was known as the West End Training School of Cookery and employed 5 teachers.

Archival history

Retained by the Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (later named the Queen's College, Glasgow) following merger in 1908. Subsequently retained by Glasgow Caledonian University following merger in 1993.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This collection consists of 5 files:


  • Registers of diplomas, 1885-1908
  • Certificates, c1878-c1908
  • List of Laundry examination results, 1903
  • Stationery of the West End School of Cookery, c1900-1908
  • Obituaries of Margaret Black, 1903

There are only a few records surviving from the School.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

No accruals expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically in ascending order within files.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Open

Conditions governing reproduction

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Some items are fragile.

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

No known copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Place access points

Genre access points

Description identifier

WSC

Institution identifier

GB 1847

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Thompson, Willie and McCallum, Carole, ‘Glasgow Caledonian University: its origins and evolution’, (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 1998)

Accession area