Building A Better World Exhibition

We are excited to announce the start of the Building A Better World Exhibition today 22nd September – 6th November 2016 in the Elaine Thomas Library, UCA Farnham.


Back in May 2016 the Archive collaborated with bookRoom on the creative residency of Stefan Szczelkun, creator of the Working Press, books by and about Working Class Artists, 1986-1996 whose archive is housed within UCA Archive and Special Collections.  This exhibition brings together the work of students in response to that creative residency.


Democracy In The Kitchen, Annie Haggarty and Elodie Duncan-Duplain


Story, Oriyomi Oladunjoye

The exhibition includes photographs, collages, videos and performance produced by students who explored identity, politics (class, gender, diversity, disability) from personal, historical and current perspective under the guidance of Stefan Szczelkun, archivist Rebekah Taylor and curator of the project Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.


5 Blog Posts, Susan Merrick


The exhibition includes books and pamphlets from the Working Press Archive which inspired the students work and a new bookRoom press publication “Rise With Your Class, Not From It.”

Microsoft Word - RISE PR.docx

We hope to see you at the exhibition soon.

Carryl Church, Assistant Archivist


Student Archive Workshop: Subjective and Objective Responses

I recently undertook a workshop with International Pathways students to work with them on their project ‘Archive Fever’.

This involved analysing archives or artefacts through a subjective and objective response. As part of their brief they had to answer the following questions

A subjective or more emotional response to an art stimulus that has affected you enough on a personal level for you to want to write about it. (1000 words)

A critical response to an artwork, artefact or archive that you would like to evaluate (1500 words). This will constitute the more objective ‘academic essay’

The workshop started off with asking students what they felt ‘subjective’ or ’emotional’ meant to them. We then looked at series of examples both from UCA archives, such as the Rethinking the body project and other archives and artists, such as the archives and artists website produced by Birmingham university.

Students were then asked to choose an item from the archives, namely the Bob Godfrey animation archive, and examples from our institutional archives, and look at the answering the following questions:

  • What does the image make you feel? (e.g.Happy/sad/confused/surprised/angry)
  • What part of the image stands out for you? What would you want to write about?
  • Draw (if you wish) part of the image that interests you and you’d want to talk about

For the latter part students focused in on a particular shape or colour of the item they used, looking, for example, at how they could utilise that image in their own work.

For example Ifueko used an image from the Bob Godfrey archive – drawings of buildings from an animation – Shakespeare Music Hall, and focused on in a particular shape that could be used in Interior Design

Ifueko Omoniyi

Myra looked at the textures and layers of strokes on an image of a tree


Other images included a remake from a student yearbook marking the end of Fine Art in Maidstone in the 80s. The image reminded the student of a dream

Student picture sent by Joanne

Other images by another student looked at tourists that were in Shakespeare Music Hall and scene structure. This is the interpretation.


For the objective essay part I asked the students ‘What is an objective response?’ and ‘What is a critical response?’. We looked at analysing how you might provide an objective response through looking at our archives. I asked them to look at an image, and write down what they would need to know to analyse that image. For example, who took the photo? What were the art movements at the time – did any inspire that image?

We finished up with looking at how you might access archives, and how you might access contextual information

Rebekah Taylor, Archivist & Special Collections Officer




Roobarb Family Fun at Surrey History Centre

Roobarb and Custard are featuring in a  family history display at the Surrey History Centre from August 4th, complete with family activities such as create your own masks.

Roobarb was originally created in 1974 by Grange Calveley, based on his own dog, produced by Bob Godfrey Films. Roobarb also featured in ‘I Love 1974’. I Love 1974 was an episode from the BBC produced series ‘I Love the Seventies’, which was broadcast in 2000. The series took a nostalgic trip back to the decade of the seventies, exploring the main cultural and commercial products of the time.

A new series consisting of 39 episodes was written and broadcast on Channel Five in 2005, also written by Grange Calveley and narrated by Richard Briers. However, this series was produced by Adam Sharp and Bernadette O’Riordan for A&Btv, and directed by Jason Tammemagi.

For further information on records see our catalogue

You can also see some of our educational packs for schools based on Roobarb here

Roobarb and Custard poster

Archives in Information Literacy Teaching

UCA Library & Student Services staff Adele Martin-Bowtell (Learning & Teaching Librarian) and Rebekah Taylor (Archivist & Special Collections Officer) have recently had an article published in the Art Libraries Journal.

The article, ‘A collaborative approach to the use of archives in information literacy teaching and learning in an arts university’ can be viewed here





Videos on Understanding and Researching Archives Released

Videos and transcripts on understanding and researching archives have been released, as part of a series for researchers to understand how to approach archives and special collections. Issues with approaching archives, include that the word archive has many different definitions  to different people, and the structure of an archive catalogue, as opposed to a library catalogue may be hard to understand and search.

The webpage can be found here

The videos so far look at ‘What is an Archive’ and an archive catalogue structure – why can’t an archive be catalogued on a library catalogue?



Learning and Teaching in the archives: Case studies

Case studies of using archives & special collections in higher education and further education at the University for the Creative Arts have been released and are accessible here

For further information and lesson plans please email

Long Live the Art School display

These include:

First Year BA CG Arts and Animation UCA Rochester (click here to access the case study) : A hands on workshop with the Archivist and Librarian, using the Bob Godfrey animation archive, discussing primary and secondary resources, and using archives for inspiration resulting in an exhibition

Second Year Photography (BA), Narrative Module, Rochester and Farnham (click here to access the case study/lesson plan and feedback): A workshop fitting the brief of the narrative module, comprising of presentations, group discussion and feedback and a hands-on workshop to follow the narrative brief, which included archival cataloguing and appraisal theory. Access the power point from the day by clicking here. Access the handout here

Further Education

FE Diploma in Art and Design, Canterbury, UNESCO-RLCCE’s / UNESCO-HK’s International “Arts for Peace” Festival (click here to access the case study)

Print screen from website