Stour Valley Arts Archive at UCA

We have been fortunate enough to acquire the fantastic archive of Stour Valley Arts, now located at the library of UCA Rochester.

Stour Valley Arts was a public arts organisation primarily operating in Ashford, Kent. It
commissioned a range of public art works in King’s Wood, engaging the public in art through the context of the ancient woodlands, operated by the Forestry Commission.

The collection spans some 22 years of work up until 2015. It contains information regarding the commissioning of exhibition projects, where artists
being commissioned include UCA lecturers, past and present.

Material includes visitor books, publicity, educational material, funding bids, trustee minutes, business plans, photographs, documentation on construction of exhibition, and objects designed from the exhibition. The collection has particular strengths in relation to public arts and art development within East Kent.


Cataloguing is currently commencing, and will be made available on our online catalogue. We look forward to blogging about different aspects of this exciting archive!


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Reeling in Reels of Film

The Archives at Farnham are currently looking after over 400 reels of Film Reels produced by students by Film Production. These films date from the 1960s to the present day and consist of work from the University for the Creative Arts previous institutes prior to  including Guildford School of Art, Farnham School of Art, West Surrey College of Art and Design and Surrey Institute of Art and Design (for further information about our institution’s history see here )

Key issues here include determining the format (e.g whether it is the final print), the condition (films need to be kept in cold storage otherwise degradation occurs), whether we can view it. Stay tuned to the blog to keep an eye on our progress…

Film reels from the Animation Archive film reels 2 Lisa Moore, Digital Images Officer, with Film Reels of student work dating from the 1960s 4 Lisa Moore, Digital Imaging Officer, with film reels Lisa Moore, Digital Imaging  Officer, with film reels Lisa Moore, Digital Imaging Officer, with film reels

The Animation Archive at UCA

Library and student services at UCA are pleased to announce their new management of the Animation Archive at UCA

The collection includes the Halas & Batchelor digital collection; the archive of the internationally renowned Animator, Bob Godfrey (who started the Animation course at the West Surrey College of Art and Design), including his Oscar winning production, Great, his children’s animation, Henry’s Cat and never before realised Animation, Such as Jumbo, The Elephant You’ll Never forget, ; and also the contemporary collections donated by Daniel Greaves (with artwork from the animation Simon’s Cat), Jo Wonder and Kristian Andrews.

With records such as storyboards, scripts, animation cels, and correspondence, providing an insight into the design process, the archive explores a wide range of themes such as gender, politics and satire (such as Margaret Thatcher, Where am I Now?, circa 1999, which was a collaborative project with Steve Bell the political cartoonist), propaganda, and sex and satire.

Please see our webpage for more information

The Bob Godfrey Archive

David Birch, Landscape Artist, Donation

UCA has received a donation of work that was created by the Artist David Birch. Information on the collection can be found here

David Birch (William Henry David Birch) (1895-1968) was the Principal of the Epsom School of Art and remained in post until 1961. David Birch was born in Epsom, and was also a student of the first Principal William Henry Osmond (1865 – 1943) in the years before The Great War. Birch was a renowned landscape painter and member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters following in the Constable tradition.

Material of David Birch’s will be of interest to Fine Art and Illustration, and is currently in the process of being catalogued

Material we have of David Birch includes:

-Two oil paintings of David Birch’s both showing landscapes, one untitled, one entitled ‘Slate Quarry’. Both paintings were exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition. Catalogues are held at the V and A in the National Art Library. Both paintings were exhibited at the V and A

– Book jacket designs, for a number of publishers, including Oxford University Press, satirical cartoon drawings, and proofs and cuttings of book illustrations

– 90 black and white photographs of oil paintings (scenic views, Norfolk, Wye Valley, Black Mountains etc) and 12 images colour-printed for a calendar

This work was created from 1918-1920s

This collection is located in Epsom

Graphic Design and School of Printing Donation, from Maidstone College of Art

UCA Archives has received a donation from a student, Adrian Pearman, who was  in the School of Printing at the Maidstone College of Art in the 1960s. These images will be of particular interest from a graphic design perspective.  This material is currently being catalogued under the Maidstone College of Art Archive, and is currently available at UCA Maidstone Campus. It includes examples of typography, including letraset

Below are examples of book illustrations produced

Design and Drawing, letra set book illustrations

Space-man book illustrations

Work produced included a co-operate identity project (below) for a diploma show, Maidstone District. This included bus timetables, memo, letterheads, and brochures



  Also included is the award winning handprinted Decimal Currency Project, a prize awarded by the British Federation of Masters Printers.  


  Another example includes an example of a fictional boutique, His and Hers. At a time where colours were very subtle, the bright colours were very stand out for the time.