RCSA Honours Dr MC Black

As unanimously agreed at our AGM at the start of the year, the Association now has a President’s Tankard named in honour of Dr MC Black.

MC died on 26th January 2024 and his long and dutiful service to the RCSA included being Honorary Secretary from 1983 to 1994, and culminating in his years as President from 1998 to 2002, a period during which he would also sit on Imperial College Court. From 2004, there followed twenty years at the helm of the RCSA Trust as its Chairman and as the RCS representative on the Imperial College Exploration Board.

We, in the RCSA, have many loyal members and a rich history of dutiful officers, yet with the passing of MC we feel we have lost a faithful servant without parallel and are delighted to remember him in so traditional a manner.

We sourced an antique Crown & Rose tankard cast by Englefields Ltd of London, England for the purpose. Brown & Englefield were founded in 1885 and have been supplying their signature glass-bottomed pewter tankards to students of the RCS and its predecessor institutions for as long as their pewter-works have been in existence. Sadly, Englefields was bought by Royal Selangor of Malaysia in 1987 and the factory closed down.

Our engravers inscribed the names and dates of all the presidents of the RCSA starting with our founding president H. G. Wells in 1909 right the way through to our current president Mike Munroe from 2022 and, of course, including MC Black from 1998.

We plan to christen the MC Black Tankard shortly at a suitable gathering of the Association.

(MC Black was chair of the RCSA Trust for two decades. You too could support the Trust by making a donation. Any amount, however small, will be gratefully received and every penny will be faithfully applied to assist the students of the Royal College of Science.)