Archives & Collections Quiz

We’ve got something a bit different for you in our blog today, a quiz to get your brain cells going!

No cheating please, we’ll give you the answers next week… And no prizes except for the sense of satisfaction of getting the right answers and learning a bit more about GSA history and the Archives and Collections!

1. Which “Glasgow Girl” created this gothic design for a Glasgow School of Art Club ‘Programme’?

a. Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh

b. Frances MacDonald McNair

c. Jessie Marion King


2. When was typography first taught at GSA?

a. 1948

b. 1954

c. 1938


3. Which of these well-known male artists is NOT a GSA alumnus?

a. David Shrigley

b. John Byrne

c. John Bellany


4. Which of these well-known female artists is a GSA alumna?

a. Elizabeth Blackadder

b. Joan Eardley

c. Barbara Rae


5. These photographs of people and places were taken by Duncan Brown. But what is Duncan’s claim to fame?

a. First Director of GSA

b. First janitor at GSA

c. His partnership with David Octavius Hill soon after the advent of public photography


6. We hold 15,000 drawings from a West of Scotland architectural firm, famous for their brutalist style. Which firm is it?

a. Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

b. Honeyman and Keppie

c. John Burnet & Son


7. We hold a wide range of textiles in our collections, but who created these gorgeous pieces?

a. Sylvia Chalmers

b. Kath Whyte

c. Grace Melvin


8. Who is this gent, who watches over us in our reading room?

a. Patrick Smith Dunn, former Governor and Chairman of GSA

b. John Morrison Groundwater, former Secretary and Treasurer of GSA

c. Fra Newbery, former Director of GSA


So how many do you reckon you got right out of 8? We’ll let you know the answers in next week’s blog…