The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Archives & Special Collections

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Guildford Art Class


UCA's Archives & Special Collections cover the history of art education from the 19th century to the present day, with particular strengths in animation, photography, graphic design, and 20th century activism (student protest, class, feminism, black history, LGBT studies). Collections are held at the four campuses: Farnham, Epsom, Rochester, and Canterbury. The collections include the art school of heritage of UCA, the six founder art schools of Guildford, Medway, Maidstone, Canterbury and Epsom, through all UCA’s subsequent mergers. Records include documentation of student activity, including the Guildford 1968 student protest, student work, student magazines, prospectuses, minutes, photographic documentation, and publications, such as alumni magazines.

Other collections held at UCA include:

Collection groups

Guildford School of Art: this collection includes records relating to the history of art education at UCA including the Photography department run by Ifor and Joy Thomas. The collection also has records of the student Sit In Protest, 1968 (records documenting the student sit in protest relating to quality of art teaching). Includes student statements, posters, statements from board of governors (references GCOL/1)

Medway Prospectus

Contact Details

Library & Student Services
University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road
Surrey GU9 7DS

Phone number: 01252 891485




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