Picture from the archives of John Turner MacGregor-Morris (1872-1959), Professor Electrical Engineering. Morris joined East London College in 1898, where his roles included, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, 1901, College Professor 1903, University Professor 1924, Fellow Queen Mary College 1938 and of University College London.
Pictured here is the Aeronautic Wind Tunnel, 1909.
The Archives also holds personal papers of former lecturers and students of the College provide evidence of science and engineering teaching and research.
General Sir Neville Lyttelton (1845-1931), had a 47 year military career in Canada, Ireland, India, Egypt, Gibraltar, Bombay, Sudan and South Africa. His more prominent commanding roles include ADC to Viceroy, 1868-1873, and Commander-in-Chief of Ireland, 1908-1912, Governor of Bombay, 1885-1890 and Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, 1902-1904. He saw active service in many campaigns including the Fenian Rising, Canada, 1866, Jowaki Expedition,
James Smetham (1821-1889), after an unfulfilling apprenticeship to an architect, trained at the Royal Academy. Between 1851 and 1869 he exhibited at the Royal Academy, Society of British artists and British Institution, creating works in the Pre-Raphaelite tradition. He met John Ruskin (1819-1900) in 1854, art critic, and received positive encouragement. He became friends with other Pre-Raphaelites, Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) tutored by John Linnell (1792-1882), another English romantic painter, helped him to emerge as one of the most significant landscape painters of the romantic era. Palmer, like his father before him was an eccentric, dressing in unusual clothes, for which he received jeers and the label ‘dandy’.