Fonds WSS - Westminster School Society

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Reference code

GB 2014 WS-06-WSS


Westminster School Society


  • 1936-2014 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

13 boxes, 2 ledgers

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Archival history

Westminster School Society was established in 1937 by Sir Wilfrid Greene (QS, 1896-1902), who was also first Chairman of the Council. Westminster School Society was formed for the predominant purpose of receiving and administering gifts (e.g. donations, subscriptions and legacies) bequeathed by Old Westminsters (OWW). The Society was established as an independent charity, maintaining a separate status from Westminster School, with the aim of setting up an endowment fund which would provide financial assistance to Westminster School.

Over the years the Society has provided, and still provides, assistance to the school in a number of different ways. The Society actively sought donations, subscriptions and gifts from OWW, for example, through its significant involvement in a number of appeals including, the War Memorial Appeal (1945), A Special Appeal (1954) and the Quatercentenary Appeal (1960). Furthermore, the Society played a vital role when the School was evacuated from London during the Second World War. Presently, the Society continues to provide financial support for Westminster School in a manner of ways such as, funding bursaries and grants.

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Scope and content

Collection relating to Westminster School Society (WSS). The first section of the collection consits of minutes from the WSS Council alongside various committees associated with the Society. The collection also includes material relating to the administration of the Society; this section includes membership registers, the Certificate of Incorporation, correspondence and documents pertaining to the establishment of WSS. The final section of the collection relates to the finances of the Society which covers gifts and donations, reports and accounts, trust funds and correspondence.

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System of arrangement

The collection has been arranged into three sub-series; Minutes, Administration and Finance.

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Conditions governing access

Access to collection items is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including Data Protection.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School's Policy on Archive and Heritage Collections, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of items in the custody of Westminster School must be sought from its Governing Body.

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  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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There are a number of papers concerning the School Society amongst the school’s own records, catalogued within the ‘A’ Series. For further information please ask the Archivist.

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Archivist's note

This catalogue was prepared by Natasha Swainston, student at UCL, at Westminster School Archive, May 2016.

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