Reference number
  • D/046
  • Collection
  • 1939-1997
Extent and medium
  • 1 folder, 3 volumes
  • ┆Collection of architectural drawings prepared by Kenneth Tindall for submission to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as testimonies of study. This was the route to qualification for an architect who was not based at a School of Architecture but was studying 'on the job' within an architect's practice. The drawings are ink and watercolour on Whatman paper. The collection also includes press cuttings and photographs relating to Tindall's career.
Administrative history
  • ┆Kenneth Tindall was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, where he trained under indentures to become an architect and surveyor. He distinguished himself in architectural and surveying exams, and was awarded a Distinction in Thesis award from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). During the Second World War he served in the Royal Engineers, most notably in Cyprus in 1946 when a large number of Jewish refugees flooded the island seeking passage to the Middle East. He was responsible for making transit camps to house some 50,000 refugees. During his service Tindall met and married a woman from Leicestershire, and moved to the area in 1952, taking up a post at Leicester College of Art and Design as Senior Lecturer in the new Department of Building, Surveying and Land Economy, which taught a range of subjects from professional studies to apprenticeships in trades such as bricklaying and plumbing. He became Head of the School in 1955 and remained in post until 1980. When the Colleges of Art and Technology became a Polytechnic the work of the Department shifted towards the professional and Tindall developed two new degree courses, and developed a Post-graduate Diploma in Building Conservation, one of only 3 in the country at that time. Kenneth Tindall retired on 31st December 1980 after 28 years of service. He died on 26 January, 1987.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Copies may be made for private research purposes only. Some of the photographs are third-party copyright.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
  • The drawings are large and require careful handling.
Language/scripts of material
  • English
Archivist's note
  • Catalogued by Katharine Short, archivist.
Date(s) of descriptions
  • June 2019