Highlighting Our History’s Diversity

LSS Archives & Special Collections needs you for Black History Month (October) and beyond…

Our archives & special collections celebrate diversity, looking at the history of curriculum in art schools, history of migration, refugees, and history of diversity in artistic works, such as Photography and books.

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We are looking for students and volunteers (externally and internally)  who are interested in doing investigative work in our collections to develop online exhibitions, social media, such as blogs and infographics around our collections. We are particularly interested in highlighting how they can be linked to today’s issues, and how our collections can be interpreted artistically
Our collections include our art school heritage, with our records from art schools dating from 1889. They include minutes looking at diversity in curriculum. This directly links to UCL’s ‘Why is My Curriculum White?’ project.

Epsom minutes - 90-94 monitoring 8

Epsom minutes, 1990s

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We will, throughout black history month and beyond, be doing a series of blogs on our collections and diversity to get your creative juices flowing! We will be looking at the links between different historically marginalized groups. We will also be exploring controversial material.

We hold the original diverse artwork from The Diagram Group, dating from the 1960s, graphic design book publishers.
The Working Press, books by and about working class artists, 1986-1996, aimed to help with publication of marginalized groups, including black artists, women artists, disabled artists, touching on identity, and migration.
We hold the Tessa Boffin archive, the first British lesbian to do work into AIDS as early as the 1980s, and her work contains material on stereotype and stigma

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The Bob Godfrey animation archive, Britain’s first Oscar winning animator, looks at stereotypes in Europe with the animation ‘Know Your Europeans’ and the history of UK in relation to diversity with animation such as ‘Great’ (1975) and ‘Millennium’ (1999)
If interested in getting involved you can reach us at archives@ucreative.ac.uk

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