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UCEM Centenary 1919-2019

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Ashley UCEM Principal

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Establishing UCEM

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Irene Barclay

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Irene Barclay

Irene Barclay, Britain’s first female Chartered Surveyor, who studied for her professional examinations with CEM.

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Forever young and energetic, UCEM Happy 100th Birthday!
Shing Kwong Eric Cheng

Year group 1968

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Inaugural ceremony - Estates Gazette

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Inaugural ceremony - Estates Gazette

A copy of the Estates Gazette from 14 April 1923, reporting on CEM’s inaugural ceremony. CEM’s first President and Principal are pictured.

Red Cross - Prisoners of war

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Red Cross - Prisoners of war

This British Red Cross replica book parcel is how CEM correspondence courses would have been sent to students in Prisoner of War and internment camps. The red cross emblem is a special protective sign used during armed conflicts, and its use is restricted by law. For further information, please see the emblem page on www.redcross.org.uk or contact the British Red Cross International Law Department at contactus@redcross.org.uk.

WW2: Educating the military, including Prisoners of War

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Develop a thirst for knowledge and ensure you are always on some course or another – it will never be wasted and is an excellent investment for the future. The internet offers boundless opportunities.
George Demetri

CEMs Royal Charter 1922

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CEMs Royal Charter 1922

CEM’s Letters Patent (Royal Charter), 1922.

John Gellatly

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Birthday wishes

Happy Birthday UCEM!  Even as a distance learner I feel part of a very exclusive family and I am so proud to have been a student.
Sara Kelleher

UCEM life

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Anticipation and preparation help make the most of life’s opportunities.
Lawrence Parnell

Colonel S.J Worsley

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Colonel S.J Worsley

Portrait of Colonel S.J. Worsley, who was appointed CEM’s Principal in 1945.

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Always look up to meet the challenge. UCEM can lend you a helping hand.
Shing Kwong Eric Cheng

Plan! Make sure you plan your time. I used to use Excel with the dates of exams and assignments on and make sure I gave myself plenty of time! Also make full use of forums. They are there to give you direct access to the experts.
Sara Kelleher

Wrought iron staircase

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Wrought iron staircase

Wrought iron staircase currently at the V&A Museum, having been bequeathed by CEM in 1921. The staircase was originally in situ at 35 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Careers in captivity

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Careers in captivity

This article, titled “Careers in Captivity – Seizing the Opportunity for Studying”, was published in the Prisoner of War magazine in May 1942 – a magazine that was published by the Red Cross for families of POW.

35 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

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Congratulations UCEM, here’s to the next 100 years – by which time the conservationists of tomorrow will be preserving what we build today!
George Demetri

Cricket match at Hinchley Wood in June 1965

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Cricket match at Hinchley Wood in June 1965

A selection of photos taken at a cricket match at Hinchley Wood in June 1965.

Surveyors in the making

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Surveyors in the making

An article in the Estates Gazette supplement from 05 March 1910 titled ‘Surveyors in the Making’ about ‘Famous Westminster Coaching Centre’ Parry, Adkin and Parry. This was, of course, the pre-cursor to CEM’s founding in 1919.

Wartime register WW2

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Wartime register WW2

Student register listing WW2 POW students, 1943-44.

POWs studying in POW camp Stalag XXA located in Poland

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POWs studying in POW camp Stalag XXA located in Poland

Photo of POWs studying in POW camp, Stalag XXA, located in Poland.

Practical Surveying, teaching a student 1937

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Heritage Lottery Funded

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WW2: Prisoners of War

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The Cemian student magazine from 1960s/70s

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The Cemian student magazine from 1960s/70s

A collection of photographs of The Cemian student magazine from the 1960s/70s.

WW2: Civilian student in the internment camp

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Memory box

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Time Capsule

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Student Register 1921-22

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Student Register 1921-22

A photograph of the student register, 1921-2. Having acquired funding, premises and staff following its founding in 1919, CEM commenced full tutorial work on 01 April 1921.  In the academic year 1921-2, CEM had 11 full time students, 184 evening class students, and 615 postal students.

UCEM emblems

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CEM Students' Union Colours Awards

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CEM Students' Union Colours Awards

CEM Students’ Union Colours Awards, 1940s – 1960s. These awards were for a range of sports, from cricket to rifles, from rowing to rugby (or ‘ruggers’, as it is listed on one of the pages). These Students’ Union Colours Awards illustrate how broad and social life at CEM was across the decades. In addition to sporting activities, the Students’ Union had a Motor Club, Sailing Club, Debating and Literary Society, and Photographic, Gramophone, Jazz and Musical Societies.

WW2: The Blitz

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WW2: UCEM emblems

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Birthday wishes

Happy birthday UCEM, here’s to another 100 years.
Andy Dodson

Peter Huntsman

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CEMs inaugural ceremony programme

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CEMs inaugural ceremony programme

Programme from CEM’s inaugural ceremony, hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, 10 April 1923.

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11 Great George Street

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Stick with it, it’s worth it.
Andy Dodson