Monthly update on project progression


Farnham School of Art catalogue can now be accessed online

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



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



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



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






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. 

November Rare Book of the Month

Starting to getting in the festive mood? Celebrate Christmas even earlier (as seems to be the general form!) with UCA’s November rare book of the month, The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain: A Fancy for Christmas-Time, by Charles Dickens
This review can be accessed here and can physically be accessed at Maidstone Campus, at the University for the Creative Arts
Containing images by John Tenneil (1820-1914), illustrator and political cartoonist, this will be of particular interest to illustration and Graphic Design students

Monthly update on project progression


All catalogues except Farnham School of Art are available on Archives Hub or online PDFs on . 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


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 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

Archive of the Month – Fashion exam portfolio worbook (post 1966)

Archive of the Month – October

Fashion exam portfolio workbook, Post 1966

This month’s Archive Treasure is a Fashion Exam Portfolio Workbook completed at the Medway College of Design (

The series is available for reference at Rochester Library. For access please email or Rebekah Taylor at

Fashion Exam Workbook, Cotton samples

This exam fashion workbook was donated by William Preston, completed by his late wife, Anne Preston. Anne Preston studied at Maidenhead College of Art, and went on to a specific fashion and design course at Medway College of Art in 1966, then after becoming a teacher at Warrenfield School on the Britwell Estate in Slough. She left teaching when she married William Preston as he was to work overseas.

The fashion exam portfolio is a product of its time, and demonstrates fashion and dressmaking trends and techniques in the 1960s, while also giving a condensed history of fashion since the 1800s.

It provides information regarding

1) Taking measurements of the body, with accompanying drawings


  •  Bodice Block
  •  Skirt Block


  •  Underarm dart
  •  French dart
  •  Waist dart
  •  Neck dart


  •  French sleeve
  •  Bishop sleeve
  •  Full sleeve
  •  Cap sleeve

2) Information on history of cotton, silk, flax and wool, with examples of different types, including


  • Slubbing
  • American cotton roll
  • Cleaned cotton
  • Carding


  • Bleached yarn
  • Linen bed spread
  • Natural flax


  • Swaledale
  • Welsh mountain
  • Romney marsh

3) Information on French modelling

4) Information on buttonholes, including buttonhole sketches

5) Images of designs from newspaper clippings from the late 1960s

Medway College of Design Catalogue Online

The Medway College of Design Catalogue is accessible here at

The Medway College of Design was one of the predecessors to the Kent Institute of Art and Design, and now is Rochester Campus of the University for the Creative Arts. The institute dates from 1853, and dealt with courses regarding design, including art, and fashion, fashion and design being one of Rochester’s specialities today.

The archive dates from 1928 and contains

  • Student fashion shows
  • Press cuttings
  • Student art sketch books from1951-1962
  • Student fashion exam book, 1966, with examples of cotton, wool and silk

Uses can be seen in the subject guides, including Medway local historyart and design, fashion and local architecture

Archive of the Month and Rare Book Gems

University of the Creative Arts is now producing an Archive of the Month feature to sit alongside Rare Book Gems

Archive of the Month and Rare Book Gems is where an archive or rare book is focused on in depth to bring it to attention for UCA’s staff, students, and wider community

We would be interested to hear feedback from students, lecturers, and the wider community of what they want to see reviewed. Are there any budding journalists who would be interested in reviewing a rare book/archive? Do any students feel their courses/interests are being missed out on?

Please provide feedback!

Canterbury Architectural Student Association Magazine-1957

September’s Archive of the Month is the Canterbury Architectural Student’s Association Magazine produced entirely by the students of the School of Architecture, accessed here

The Magazines run from 1948-1965

This provides

information of  courses and architecture teaching from the students points of view

Architecture Humour!

Drawings and sketches of architecture in Kent and England

Architecture in Kent from the 1940s

Architecture abroad from the 1940s

(If I go to my workbench with a pencil

And if I put some paper on my board

With careful use of ruler, ink and stencil

By dint of labour and of sweat outpoured

I find when strikes three quarters after nine,

I’ve drawn one rather shaky smudgy line

[D.W. Stevens CASA 1948])

The latest Rare Book Gem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an edition limited to 200 copies, can be accessed here

Canterbury’s Artists’ Books to be on display in the Beaney Museum

Andy Malone’s altered The Observer’s Book of Eggs

The act of cutting turns a series of two dimensional images into free standing entities that can be read as flip books or static objects and where the content of the book can be seen at one glance

With the opening of the Beaney Museum on the 5th September 2012, Canterbury will have a permanent space to display their Artists’ Books. The selection of Artists’ Books will be changed every few months.

Definitions of Artists’ Books include that ‘Artists’ books refer not to literature about artists nor to sculptures constructed from books, but to works by visual artists that assume book form’ (Artspeak: a guide to contemporary ideas, movements and buzzwords p.48)

Canterbury’s Artist Books are fine art or illustrative in concept, demonstrating different forms of narrative or graphic expression, and includes books by artists’ and members of teaching staff donated and purchased by the library.

If interested in viewing more examples of Canterbury’s Artists Books up close these books have been catalogued on UCA’s Library Catalogue, and are available to use for reference in the library.

To access the website please see

See to access the Artist Books Catalogue

Canterbury also has a collection of rare book material, and their institutional archives. Further information can be seen

For more information on Artists’ Books contact Canterbury at