Collection OM/475 - Ronald Livesey papers

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GB 249 OM/475


Ronald Livesey papers


  • 1946-1959 (Creation)

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2 folders

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Name of creator

(b 1929)

Biographical history

Ronald Livesey was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, in 1929. He became an apprentice at Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd, civil engineers, Kilmarnock in 1946. The following year, he moved to the firm of Babtie, Shaw & Morton in Glasgow, where he continued his apprenticeship. Livesey took evening classes at the Royal Technical College of Glasgow from 1947 until 1951, when he qualified for the Final Course Certificate of the College in Civil Engineering and the Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering. He then became a junior assistant with Babtie, Shaw & Morton, but left in November 1951 to undertake National Service with the Royal Engineers at Guillemont Barracks, Farnborough, England. Livesey returned to Glasgow in 1953 and married Janet Gollan Taylor in 1955. He stayed at Babtie, Shaw & Morton for the remainder of his career, becoming an Associate in 1973 and Technical Director in 1991. He retired from the company in 1994. He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 1956 and the Institution of Water Engineers from 1957, and became a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1971 and a Fellow of the Institution of Water Engineers & Scientists in 1974. He was also awarded the Miller Prize and the ICE Local Associates Medal in 1956.

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Donated by Ronald Livesey in November 2010.

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Scope and content

The collection comprises Ronald Livesey's school, college and professional examination papers, with their original cardboard binder. The following papers are included, some with annotations showing which questions were attempted:

  • Sea Cadet Corps: Mechanics Badge (c 1946)
  • Scottish Education Department, Senior Leaving Certificate Examination: English (March 1946); Arithmetic (March 1946); Geography Lower Grade (March 1946), Mathematics Lower Grade (March 1946); Mathematics Higher Grade (March 1947): French Lower Grade (March 1946 and March 1947); Science: Physics Higher Grade (March 1946); Science: Engineering Technical Subjects Group II Higher Grade (March 1946); Mathematics: Dynamics Higher Grade (March 1947)
  • Scottish Universities Entrance Board Preliminary Examination: Mathematics (Higher Standard, August 1947)
  • Royal Technical College, Glasgow, Higher National Certificate course: final examinations: Mathematics S.2 (April 1947); Engineering Drawing S.2 (April 1947); Electrical Science S.2 (April 1947); Applied Mechanics S.3 (March 1948); Applied Heat S.3 (March 1948); Technical Mathematics S.3 (March 1948); Civil Engineering Materials A.1 (March 1949); Mathematics A.1 (April 1949); Engineering Materials A.1 (April 1949); Structures A.1 (April 1949); Engineering Drawing A.2 (March 1950); Soil Mechanics A.2 (March 1950); Applied Electricity A.1 (March 1950); Structures A.2 (March 1950); Hydromechanics A.2 (March 1951); Structural Design A.2 (Reinforced Concrete - March 1951); Geology A.3 (March 1951); Surveying A.3 (March 1951)
  • Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow: final examination in Roads and Road Construction (March 1959)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers, membership examination: alternative subjects for inverview, candidate no.207 (April 1956)

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  • English

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Some of the pages have foxing; many have rust stains from the metal fastener of the original cardboard binder in which they were kept.

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Papers of Ronald James Livesey GB 248 DC 376 (Glasgow University Archive Services)

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