Visit our archive

Last week our Archivist Susannah enjoyed a behind-the-scenes visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s archives.

The RCS was originally founded as the Glasgow Athenaeum in 1847, teaching a variety of subjects, including art classes, to students in Glasgow.  Their holdings are in many ways similar to our own, containing minute books, prospectuses, student records and photographs which reveal the organisation’s history. We particularly like these images of the RCS’s original building on Buchanan St.

Old Athenaeum Building

Old Athenaeum Building

Old Athenaeum Theatre in Glasgow Athenaeum Building

Old Athenaeum Theatre in Glasgow Athenaeum Building

Old Glasgow Athenaeum Library 1960s

Old Glasgow Athenaeum Library, 1960s

The RCS also collect material relating to former students and staff, and to the performing arts. The archives of Scottish entertainer Jimmy Logan and a collection of historical brass instruments are just two examples of their varied holdings!

To find out more, visit their website.