Explore Your Archive: Photography at Guildford School of Art

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Explore Your Archive

The Photography department in Guildford School of Art from the 1950s was a major centre of photographic excellence under Ifor Thomas, the Head of Photography. His wife Joy, was also a lecturer there and together they formed a highly acclaimed team. Among his students were Jane Bown, John Hedgecoe, John Cleare, and Ray Dean. Staff included Thurston Hopkins. One of the part-time staff, always critical to and of the intellectual and creative health of the school was Alfred Lammer, a photographer noted for his pictures of flowers and of stained glass windows. He set up the first school of colour photography in Britain at Guildford in 1952.

Our records from our Archives from Guildford School of Art showcase Photography past exhibitions, dating from the 1970s, can allow for creative ways of working. Use for themes such as time or memory, or put a ‘retro’ way of working in your current work. Materials from the past can be used in exhibitions today. The Whitechapel Gallery recreates exhibitions from the past, using photographic images, which can be used as a way of looking at biases, including political, in past exhibitions.

See, for example,

Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art, Whitechapel, London, until September 2013, taken from the exhibition in 1951

Photography exhibition, undated [1970s]

Photography exhibition, undated [1970s]

Material also includes Aspect, the student Photography journal

Aspect, Photography Journal from the Guildford School of Art. 1960s

Aspect, Photography Journal from the Guildford School of Art. 1960s

Monthly update on project progress

Cataloguing

Farnham School of Art and West Surrey College of Design archive catalogues are available on Archives Hub. These consist of student work, staff magazines, bulletins, and student associations, with interest for Graphic Design and Fine Art

The Working Press Collection, is currently being catalogued. This is a collection relating to working class artists in the 1980s, which explores the idea of artists as an oppressed group, and the meaning of what it is to be working class. This consists of the in-house printed working press book collection, related pamphlets and artists books used for inspiration, and the correspondence and financial information.

Graduation photograph collections from the Kent Institute of Art and Design from 2000 (Maidstone, Rochester and Canterbury), which includes images of Zandra Rhodes in her own designed gown, are currently being catalogued. Photographs from Surrey, which includes graduation images from the 1970s, have been appraised and will be undergoing cataloguing

Textile books created by a individual in the Embroiders Guild have been catalogued online. To be shortly available online

Preservation

Preservation workshops have taken place in Rochester and Canterbury
An access to the archives guide for students will shortly be written

Policies and procedures

Strategies for insurance, and a deposit agreement, and exhibition loan agreements, and appraisal guidelines have been written for internal use

Staff and student use

Fine Art students have photographed and represented images of Maidstone College of Art images in interesting ways. Images will shortly go on to UCA Archives website

External work

Conferences include the LGBT London Metropolitan conference in February, and UCA Archives will be presenting in an internal UCA staff conference with the Digitisation Unit in May

The Epsom Library Artist Book display will take place from the 8th April, with a talk from Graphic Designer and Artist Book creator Mike Nicholson on the 25th April in the evening

Work is ongoing for the Surrey History Centre display in August

Monthly update on project progression

Artist Book,  Common Senses, by Mike Nicholson

Artist Book, Common Senses, by Mike Nicholson

Cataloguing

New catalogues available are

The Kent Institute of Art and Design Publications Collection, consisting on annual reports, research projects and general prospectuses. Available on Archives Hub

The Kent Institute of Art and Design Student Union Archive, consisting of 1990s Student Council minutes. Please note that they may be susceptible to data protection. Available on Archives Hub

Medway College of Design Archive is available on Archives Hub

Bulletins, newsletters and staff minutes are currently being catalogued to the Farnham School of Art and West Surrey College of Art and Design.

Further detailed cataloguing is commencing on Medway College of Design student sketchbooks, and Canterbury College of Art and School of Architecture, Architectural magazine, CASA and the Epsom and Ewell School of Art and Technical Institute


Preservation

Material has been boxed in acid free boxes, with melinex sleeves, brass paper clips.

Preservation workshops for staff will be taking place at all campuses through February – March


Listing and accessioning training

Listing and accessioning training have taken place for library staff. Newspaper indexes have been set up.

Policies and procedures

Guidelines for identification of special collections and rare books approved. A draft Preservation Policy to be available by April

Staff and student outreach

Talks ongoing with Fine Art and MA Curation, Canterbury

Collections Gems Seminar being arranged to tie in with National Library Week – to showcase rare books, Ed Ruscha American Artist and Photographer rare book collection, and items from Canterbury’s institutional archive

Internal exhibitions

Exhibitions and displays being set up around all five campuses of the Tessa Boffin Archive for LGBT Month February (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

External work

A proposal of a display of the history of Surrey Art Schools (Epsom, Guildford, and Farnham) accepted at Surrey History Centre. To take place August – September

Work ongoing with Epsom Public Library to display Artist Books April, with a lecturer from UCA giving a talk

Proposal to be submitted to the Kent History Library Centre for LGBT Month, February 2014

Work ongoing with heritage institutes in Canterbury

New Deposits

A collection of textile books from the 1980s, from the estate of Lynne Dennis, a previous member of the Embroiders Society

An archive and special collection relating to Working Class Artists in the 1980s-1990s, and women artists

Monthly update on project progression

Cataloguing

Farnham School of Art catalogue can now be accessed online http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38027/Farnham-School-of-Art

Further appraisal is ongoing on UCA’s photographic collection, produced by the marketing department

Medway College of Design catalogue has been submitted to Archives Hub

Maidstone College of Art archive has been catalogued in full and will shortly be submitted to Archives Hub

 

Preservation

Re-boxing is nearly complete. Book rests and exhibition material will shortly be ordered. Preservation and handling workshops have been arranged throughout all campuses

PD5454 archival standards workshop attended

 

Archival guidelines and policies

Special Collections Policy has been submitted to Collections Working Group for final approval. Work ongoing on  preservation policy research. PD5454 to be factored in

 

Staff and student outreach

Post doctoral student to visit Epsom Archive on December 14th

Talks ongoing with Fine Art (BA) at Canterbury to use collections in course. Further meeting to be arranged after planning course

Meeting to be arranged with MA Curation in new year

 

Internal exhibitions

Student protest physical images up at Rochester and Canterbury. Good feedback from Canterbury open day. Digital images also online

Talks ongoing over library having permanent campus space at Farnham and Epsom – Farnham space booked for February

LGBT month (February)- displays for all campuses

Travelling exhibition – first part successful! – interest from Farnham student

 

Conferences

UCA Archives to present with Rebecca Andrews, UCA graduate, at LGBT conference, 16th February

 

External

Meetings arranged at Eastgate House regarding potential funding bids

Meeting arranged with Kent History Centre regarding LGBT display in March

 

Billboard Project

Tessa Boffin, Cross dressing project, based on the Jennifer Saunders case. Woman accused of raping females, while pretending to be a man

 

 

 

 

Monthly update on project progression

Cataloguing

All catalogues except Farnham School of Art are available on Archives Hub or online PDFs on http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/37587/Collections-and-Catalogues . 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

Preservation

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  http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38296/Preservation 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

Monthly update of project progression

Cataloguing

Brief catalogues of the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone College of Art and Design, West Surrey College of Art and Design and University of the Creative Arts are available online http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/37587/Collections-and-Catalogues

Preservation

Re-housing of collections are on-going

A Care and Display of Books workshop at the Natural History Museum was attended

New deposits

Graduation photographs from the 1990s have been deposited at Rochester Library

Material from the Kent printing press is expected at Maidstone on the 19th October

Talks are being made with the Estate Services regarding building plans and photographs

Archival Guidelines and Policies

A deposit agreement and draft special collections policy are awaiting approval. The need for a retention policy for permanent preservation material has been identified and research is ongoing for it to be drawn up.

Staff and Student outreach

Fine Art MA students have been communicated with. A third year fine Art student has expressed expressed in being involved

Material from Rochester is being used in student inductions. Talks with MA students and further research students have been arranged in Farnham

External outreach

Contacts have been made with Maidstone History Centre, Kent University, Canterbury Cathedral, Farnham Museum, Farnham Library, Surrey University, Epsom Library and Ewell Local History. Opportunites for exhibitions and collaboration have been identified

Monthly update on project progression

Cataloguing

The Guildford School of Art Archive and the Epsom and Ewell Technical Institute and School of Art Archive have been catalogued and available on http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38026/Guildford-School-of-Art and http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38025/Epsom-Technical-Institute-and-School-of-Art

Preservation:

Preservation material including acid free folders, polyester sleeves, and acid free storage have been purchased

Digitisation

A Creative Commons licence has been signed for the potential digitisation of the student fashion workbook

New deposits

We are expecting a deposit related to Graphic Design, and a deposit related to the Kent School of Printing

Archival Guidelines

Guidelines for the appraisal/definition of special collections is currently being drawn up

Publicity/exhibitions:

Canterbury College will have a permanent exhibition of artists’ books in the Beaney Museum for the opening on the 5th September.

Meetings with various heritage institutes such as Epsom Library, Kent University Archives, and Canterbury Cathedral Archives are ongoing. Meetings with marketing in the university are ongoing.

Archives and Special collections website:

The Archives and Special Collections website is available on http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/archives

A design for an invitation to a degree show

Monthly update on project progression

Every month I will be providing a brief update on the progression of the archives and special collections project so far

Cataloguing:

The Tessa Boffin archive, photographer, has now been catalogued and can be found online on Archives Hub. The Canterbury College archive has been catalogued and has been submitted to Archives Hub, and will hopefully appear live shortly. Progress is currently being made on the Medway College Archive, and the Epsom and Ewell School of Art and Design.

Prospectuses from Epsom

We have recently received archival cataloguing software, CALM, compliant to archival standards (International Standards for Archival Description), which will be used to catalogue our collections.

Recent deposits:

Rochester Campus has recently been gifted a student sketchbook, showing processes in design in fashion in the 1960s. It provides examples of different fabrics used, and different cutting techniques. It should be of great interest to staff and students.

Maidstone Campus has also received graduation photographs from the 1980s.

Digitisation:

Part of the archives and special collections project will be to identify suitable material to digitise. The depositor of the student sketchbook at Rochester Campus has indicated he will be happy to provide permission for the digitisation of this valuable resource in the future

Archival guidelines:

Guidelines regarding cataloguing, appraisal and preservation have been drawn up, and will hopefully be available for staff to view shortly on MyUCA

Preservation:

Preservation needs of the collections have been assessed. Material will be purchased in the new financial year.

Publicity/exhibitions:

Increasing awareness of our collections means increasing awareness in the local community.

Canterbury College will have a permanent exhibition of artists’ books in the Beaney Museum for the opening in September.

Contact has been made with the other four campuses regarding connections for exhibitions in the local community.

Archives and Special collections website:

An archives and special collections website is currently in development. It will feature subject guides, details on the collections, including the special collections guides, and news and events.

A student art sketch book from the Medway College archive.

 

Rebekah Taylor, Archivist & Special Collections Officer