Monthly update on project progression


All catalogues except Farnham School of Art are available on Archives Hub or online PDFs on . More work is taking place on appraisal of digital images on CDs and of photographs, including graduation photographs. A fuller version of the Maidstone College of Art will soon be available


Acid free boxes, and preservation material including acid free folders, brass paper clips and polyester sleeves have arrived, and material in each campus is being re-housed with Epsom left to finish. Environmental conditions are being measured by dataloggers. Events regarding monitoring the environment, and regarding archival standards PD5454

See to discover what preservation is and why it is so important

Preservation material

New deposits

The illustration department at Maidstone has deposited material which is due to be catalogued

Deposit at Maidstone from the Kent School of Printing showing types of  typography from the 1960s, due to be catalogued

Archival guidelines and policies

Special guidelines policy, determining what is a rare book and a special collection, and how to assess looked at in Collections Working group – to be formerly assessed and distributed on MYUCA designed to compliment the weeding policy

Archival cataloguing training booked at Canterbury and Maidstone for staff

Staff and Student outreach

Postdoctoral student interested in using collections to explore evening classes in the history of arts and crafts education

Freda Sack’s, typographer, Graphic Design images used in Graphic Design lectures

Internal exhibitions

Exhibition work for a Student Protest/Student Union on-going – digital and physical exhibition to be put in place by November

Travelling display of archive/special collection material to take place from the end of November

External collaboration

Kent – talks ongoing regarding exhibition of Tessa Boffin, LGBT photographer, and exhibitions for local history of Kent. Work on-going with Eastgate House, Rochester.

Surrey – Surrey History Centre is willing to undertake exhibitions – plans to take place for Guildford School of Art/Epsom School of Art exhibitions underwear. Currently organising to have a page on Exploring Surrey’s History website

Epsom- Epsom Library due to visit with potential of hosting artist books, and hosting workshops on the 7th December


Using Special Collection Material in Teaching

This post looks at how lecturers have used special collections in lecturing and teaching in UCA

Freda Sack has donated her and David Quay’s concept graphic design NatWest drawings to the Farnham Campus, which demonstrate ideas in progress and contribute to typography research.

Graphic Design at Epsom have used these drawings to promote discussion of typography, and to inspire students during their lectures

Student using Freda Sach’s concept NatWest drawings

See this link for further information

See this link for further design sources

Our student art sketchbooks at Rochester from the 1950s, and our fashion sketchbook post 1966. have also been used in MA inductions – these can provide inspiration for future work, and are of interest as they show the trends of the day, and what was popular, and what was regarded as ‘good work’ at that time

See this link for further fashion sources

Archive of the Month – Fashion exam portfolio worbook (post 1966)

Archive of the Month – October

Fashion exam portfolio workbook, Post 1966

This month’s Archive Treasure is a Fashion Exam Portfolio Workbook completed at the Medway College of Design (

The series is available for reference at Rochester Library. For access please email or Rebekah Taylor at

Fashion Exam Workbook, Cotton samples

This exam fashion workbook was donated by William Preston, completed by his late wife, Anne Preston. Anne Preston studied at Maidenhead College of Art, and went on to a specific fashion and design course at Medway College of Art in 1966, then after becoming a teacher at Warrenfield School on the Britwell Estate in Slough. She left teaching when she married William Preston as he was to work overseas.

The fashion exam portfolio is a product of its time, and demonstrates fashion and dressmaking trends and techniques in the 1960s, while also giving a condensed history of fashion since the 1800s.

It provides information regarding

1) Taking measurements of the body, with accompanying drawings


  •  Bodice Block
  •  Skirt Block


  •  Underarm dart
  •  French dart
  •  Waist dart
  •  Neck dart


  •  French sleeve
  •  Bishop sleeve
  •  Full sleeve
  •  Cap sleeve

2) Information on history of cotton, silk, flax and wool, with examples of different types, including


  • Slubbing
  • American cotton roll
  • Cleaned cotton
  • Carding


  • Bleached yarn
  • Linen bed spread
  • Natural flax


  • Swaledale
  • Welsh mountain
  • Romney marsh

3) Information on French modelling

4) Information on buttonholes, including buttonhole sketches

5) Images of designs from newspaper clippings from the late 1960s