Canterbury College archive online

Canterbury College archive has been catalogued and can now be found online on http://archiveshub.ac.uk/data/gb3094ccol

Canterbury College was originally formed as the Sidney Cooper School of Art in 1868, and has continued through mergers with Rochester and Maidstone to become Kent Institute of Art and Design, and finally the University for the Creative Arts with further mergers with Epsom and Farnham campuses.

A 1905 visitors’ book from Canterbury, showing names of visitors to exhibitions,

This can potentially provide information regarding family and local history

The collection includes

  • Departmental prospectuses
  • Student work, including degree and diploma shows
  • Research projects
  • Student magazines
  • Minutes from the Art department
  • General college information, including general prospectuses, and financial information
  • Visitor book
  • Library information
  • Staff interviews and lectures
  • Board of Education reports
  • General exhibitions at or associated with Canterbury College
  • Staff photographs

What can the collection tell us?

Canterbury College can provide information regarding architecture and art, graphic design, fashion, art and painting, including sculpture work. Pictures of student work, fashion videos from the 1980s, research projects, and staff interviews and lectures can show various trends and popularity in these subjects. They could also potentially provide inspiration for future work

Course development in the creative arts, development with technology, and the history of the university generally can be seen in prospectuses, education reports, financial information, and library information and minutes from the school of art

Family history and local history can be explored through visitors books, press cuttings, exhibition shows, and student magazines and staff and student photographs

Student activity can be seen through student magazines

Topical thoughts and opinions on the day in the 1980s can be seen through magazines, including thoughts on the falklands, and sexual morality

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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

Highlights from the collection: Architecture (celebrating the birth of Mervyn Peake)

Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast trilogy, was born on July 1911. Mervyn Peake was a writer and artist.

Mervyn Peake’s name appears in the Maidstone College of Art Prospectus 1951 – 52 as a member of the teaching staff for Drawing and Painting

In his novels there are many impressive descriptions of architecture, when describing the gothic Gormenghast. Art and architecture are often linked, as seen in the UCA’s prospectuses describing the MA in Art and Architecture.

This month we celebrate the architecture highlights from the Canterbury College Archive

These include

Student Journals

Canterbury Architectural Association Newsletter (CASA) starting from 1948-1965

Immaterial Newsletter, 1 copy, 1975

They show:

  • Reports of the Student Association, including design projects
  • Visits and reviews of different sites in Canterbury
  • Details of reports over covering bomb damage from the war
  • Details of the School of Architecture moving into a different building
  • Articles regarding current issues, including the use of a private garden, and the case against the individual house (1950s)
  • Current trends in architecture
  • Architecture in Canterbury, including current archaeological digs
  • Technology changes

School of Architecture Prospectuses

They show:

  • Trends in architecture education
  • Requirements to become an architecht

The Summer Studio was a design workshop held in Canterbury. The 1977 one looked at developments in the home

Degree shows and Catalogues

They show:

  • Trends in architecture