- c1859 - c1872 (Creation)
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The East India company was granted its charter by Queen Elizabeth in 1600. It established the Addiscombe Military Seminary at Addiscombe Place in 1809, for the training of its officer cadets. In 1858, the Company's interests were transferred to the Crown, and the Seminary was renamed the Royal India Military College. It closed in 1861.
Formerly held by the Local Studies Library. Donated by Mrs R Foster, October 1960. It previously belonged to the late Ivor G Foster ARIBA.
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Accession Number: A29
Addiscombe College Photograph Album
Album containing 98 photographs of Addiscombe Military Seminary buildings, staff, and cadets, etc
Item date: c1859 - c1872
Accession date: 27/10/1960
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Photography was included in the curriculum from 1855 (taught by Aaron Penley, professor of civil drawing). The album includes group photographs and individual portraits of cadets and staff, and a few photographs of the College buildings and grounds, etc, mainly with pencilled captions. The photographs are mainly undated, but two are dated 1859, and most certainly date from around the same period. At the end of the album are several later group photographs etc (one dated 1872), including three apparently taken in India.
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The album pages (and therefore the captions) appear to be rather later than the photographs themselves. The album has been rebound, probably around the time it was donated to the Library.
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Copies of all photographs in AR29 are held in the Museum of Croydon photographic collection.
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