Item OK/34/7/1 - Royal College of Science and Technology Athletic Club shirt

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GB 249 OK/34/7/1


Royal College of Science and Technology Athletic Club shirt


  • c. 1960s (Creation)

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1 shirt

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(1921 to date)

Administrative history

The Royal Technical College Athletic Club was formed in 1921, as part of the Royal Technical College Students' Representative Council. In 1929, it became a separate body with a separate constitution, but still submitted its budgets to the Students' Representative Council. In 1990, the Club was renamed the University of Strathclyde Sports Union.

The Club set up facilities for many sports including rugby, hockey, football, golf, cricket, boxing, fencing, badminton, table tennis, sailing, basketball and swimming.

Archival history

This shirt belonged to Laurence Stewart, who studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde from 1973-1977 and was a member of the Athletic Club. He represented the University in the high jump event at Scottish Inter-University competitions. At some point during his studies, he was given the shirt, which he wore while competing in 1976 and 1977.

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Donated by Laurence Stewart.

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Scope and content

Short-sleeved T-shirt in maroon cotton fabric, with a broad blue stripe across the chest, flanked by two narrower yellow stripes. A fabric badge embroidered with the Royal College of Science and Technology crest and motto, 'Mente et Manu', is attached above the stripes on the left hand side.

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  • Latin

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The shirt has faded with washing and wear and is peppered with small tears and holes, some of which have been stitched up. There is a 100 mm long tear to the back of the neck and some staining above the fabric badge.

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