Reference number
  • D/066
  • Collection
  • 1935-38
  • ┆The collection includes 3 original certificates awarded to Johnson in relation to his academic achievements and membership of professional bodies. There are also 4 printed pages of research relating to Johnson's early life and education carried out by Johnson's daughter that includes the transcription of two letters of recommendation written by teaching staff at Leicester College of Art and Technology (LCAT). At the the time Johnson attended LCAT course programmes and student assessment were externally validated by the University of London. Certificates * Certificate 1: Produced by the University of London, the document certifies that Reginald Johnson passed the Intermediate Examination in Science as an External Student in 1935. * Certificate 2: Produced by the City and Guilds of London Institute's Department of Technology, the document certifies that Reginald Johnson passed with first class the Intermediate Examination in Leather Manufacture (tanning and dressing of light leather), in 1936.This document is signed by then Principal of Leicester College, Lawrence Kershaw. * Certificate 3: Produced by the Institute of Chemistry of Great Britain and Ireland, the document certifies that Reginald Johnson became and elected Associate of the Institute on 18th November 1938. Transcriptions * Letter 1: dated 11th October 1937 and written by P.F.R. Venables, Head of Science Department at LCAT describes Johnson as a keen and competent chemist. * Letter 2: dated 3rd March 1938 and written by E.M. Stoddart, Lecturer in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry at LCAT describes Johnson as an extremely able chemist who showed great commitment to the college during his spare time.
Administrative history
  • ┆Johnson was born in Leicester, the youngest of eight children in a family with a history of working in the shoe industry. After receiving a First Class pass in the General Examination at primary school he was awarded a scholarship to attend Alderman Newton Grammar School, Leicester. Following the successful completion of his examinations, Johnson went on to study Chemistry at Leicester College of Art and Technology (predecessor of DMU) in 1934 when he was awarded the William Henry Staynes Scholarship of £50 per annum. The scholarship was extended during his second year to include admission fees. Johnson successfully completed his BSc with second class honours in 1937.
Access status
  • Open
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • Donated to Special Collections by the daughter of Reginald Johnson.
Archivist's note
  • Listed by Dr Natalie Hayton