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Dunfermline College of Physical Education



On 4th October 1905 the Carnegie Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Training opened in Dunfermline. It was founded by the Andrew Carnegie Trust as a training college for women students of Physical Education. Initially it consisted of only a small gymnasium in Canmore St and Baths. In 1908 the college opened to men and in 1909 the college was recognised by the Scottish Education Department as a central institution for the purpose of education (Scotland) Act 1908. Between 1913-14 new college buildings were erected, and the college was renamed ‘Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Education'. Responsibility for training was assumed by the National Committee for Training of Teachers in 1921 and management of the college was delegated to trustees. In 1931 the National Committee for the Training of Teachers delegated the management of the college to a committee of management and from that date only women students were trained at DCPE. The male students transferred to Jordan Hill College, Glasgow. The first board of governors for the College was instituted in 1959. Between 1939-46 the college at Dunfermline transferred to the Teachers Training Centre in Aberdeen temporarily as the buildings were commandeered by the navy during the second world war, and again in 1950 the college transferred to Woolmanhill, Aberdeen due to problems at the Dunfermline site, particularly concerning over-crowding. Hygiene was then dropped from the name of the college, and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust severed connections because the College was no longer in Dunfermline. The final move occurred in 1966 when the College transferred to the current Cramond Campus, Edinburgh as it was decided that central Scotland was a better place for the College. In 1986 DCPE merged with Moray House College of Education.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Lecture and teaching notes taken down by Diana K. Hastings while at Dunfermline College of Physical Education (1967-1970)

Identifier: Coll-1277
Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of 3 files of manuscript notes taken down during the period of study, 1967-1970. There are notes from practical lectures and notes for teaching practice.

Dates: 1967-1970

Material of David Wilson relating to Dunfermline College of Physical Education

Identifier: Coll-1972
Content Description This collection includes textbooks, booklets, memorandums, newspaper cuttings, typed documents, and audiotapes relating to Dunfermline College of Physical Education and donated by David Wilson. The textbooks cover subjects as varied as history, physical education, sword-dancing, poetry, French grammar, self-defence, geography, etc. The fonds is arranged by types of documents: File on the history of...
Dates: c 1900-c 1980

Papers of Margaret Christie (née Campbell)

Identifier: Coll-2113
Scope and Contents This fonds consists of papers and photographs of Margaret Christie née Campbell, covering the period from her service in the WAAF to the 1970s, possibly to the 1990s. There also is a badge of the Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Education. Photograph album covering Margaret's adult life, from her war service in the WAAF, her service in the Middle East (including in Luxor, Egypt), her wedding...
Dates: 1917-c 1990s

Photographs and badges of Johanna Harris, former student at the Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Training

Identifier: Coll-2120
Content Description This fonds consists of material related to the Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Training [later renamed the Dunfermline College of Physical Education] that belonged to Johanna (Jo) Harris, a former student. 27 small photographs of College life taken by Johanna Harris during her time there as a student, from 1928 -1931. This includes a trip to Sweden by the students; 1 large...
Dates: 1928-1931

Records relating to Dunfermline College of Physical Education (DCPE), 1905-2001

Identifier: EUA GD55/1/4
Scope and Contents

Comprises records relating to DCPE, including governance and administration, teaching, students, events and external relations, photographs and artefacts.

Dates: 1905-2001