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Minutes of meetings of the Local Examinations Syndicate and its predecessor, the Non-Gremial Syndicate, 1862 - 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/LES 1

Scope and Contents

From the Management Group:

The category - External relations records - comprises records relating to relations with the Crown, central government, the Colleges and the city of Cambridge; also University-initiated outreach, such as adult education, teacher-training, school examining, and alumni relations.


  • Creation: 1862 - 1938


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Biographical / Historical

The Local Examinations Syndicate was established in 1886 as the successor body to the Non-Gremial Syndicate, established in 1862, to administer examinations for people who were not members of the University and to inspect schools, with the aim of raising standards in education. Gremial: a resident full member of the University.


10 volume(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The minutes were transferred to the University Archives on long-term loan by the Local Examinations Syndicate in June 1976.

Related Materials

The main body of archives of the Local Examinations Syndicate is held at the offices of Cambridge Assessment, The Triangle Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8EA.


For further background information, see R. J. Bradbury, ‘University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate’, Cambridge 13 (1983), pp. 31-38, and


The online catalogue was completed in August 2004 and emended in July 2009.


University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Finding aid date

2001-05-23 16:01:18+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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