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Military College of Science, Woolwich

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1840 Royal Artillery Institution formed so that artillery officers could study science and languages, funded by voluntary contributions

1850 Public grant of money to the Institution

Lieut Henry Scott started a laboratory, with the object of inducing the young officers of the Royal Engineers to study chemistry, and at the same time he instituted a series of experiments on limes and cements, that led to the discovery of the material now known as Selenitic cement.

1864 The first Advanced Class for gunnery officers was arranged, involving the appointment of a small staff of instructors, the beginning of the college

1885 The Advanced Class was opened up to all arms; the College was formed, taking over part of Red Barracks at Woolwich

1889 Became the Ordnance College; the first Commandant was appointed

Post WWI: renamed Artillery College

1927 Became the Military College of Science

Brief spell at Lydd before WWII when the College split up

post WWII: the College reassembled at Shrivenham

1953 Title changed to Royal Military College of Science

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Sources of Information

  • A short history of the Royal Military College of Science [1]