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There are just a few days left to see ambi, a partnership between Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and GSA, which runs until this Saturday the 29th of May at 6pm. The artists were inspired by a broad range of material from GSA Archives and Collections. Book your free tickets here or read on […]

Hello A&C blog readers, We hope you are well and continuing to stay safe as the festive season approaches. As many of you will know, the Archives & Collections facilities are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and our remote enquiry service has also been affected. Our staff have been continuing to monitor emails sent […]

This week’s post is part 2 of our “Researching Biographies” blog, following on from Part 1 here.  A&C Support Assistant Kay gives an insight into two more former GSA staff… It would be quite wrong, however, to suggest that Newbery only ‘imported’ talented staff to the School.  Among a number of former students engaged to […]

In this week’s blog, A&C Support Assistant Kay covers the work she has been doing to research biographies for those who feature in our catalogue.  Find out about two such biographies, with another two in a few weeks’ time… My recent ‘working from home’ project has been to create or update brief biographies for former […]

After a long summer of preparation, the new First Year Experience course kicked off at GSA on the 19th of November 2020. Slightly different than last year’s course (which you can read about here), the students engaged with our collections in the digital realm and had to use their imagination to think about what the objects might be like […]

This month, we took part in #MuseumPassion, a social media initiative to get museums talking about the items in their collections that they are particularly fond of. Posts could relate to anything – from every day domestic items to material relating to important current issues such as COVID-19, Climate Change or Black Lives Matter. You […]

So, how did you get on with our quiz last week?  Hopefully you managed to get some of the questions right, here are the answers for you to check. 1. Which “Glasgow Girl” created this gothic design for a Glasgow School of Art Club ‘Programme’ ?    a. Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh  Sadly not, Margaret Macdonald’s […]

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 […]

Many university museums (including ourselves) have been adapting our services since COVID-19 forced the country into lockdown in March. GSA Archives and Collections are part of University Museums in Scotland (UMIS), a network of the nine Scottish university museum services that have achieved Accreditation – the UK industry standard for museums and galleries. The UMIS […]

As part of our ongoing project to add images to our catalogue, our A&C Assistant Jennifer has been uploading some more of our poster collection. Here she tells us about her highlights from the collection, and the variety of poster designs and events advertised in the collection. Our poster collection contains just over 450 items […]

In June, GSA Archives and Collections embarked on the (slightly daunting) task of adapting our teaching activities for the digital realm! The guinea pig for this transition was an Object Based Learning module which we run each year in collaboration with the Pre-Sessional English department. Our Archives and Collections Assistant Cat Doyle shares a reflective […]

Did you see our #CastFromThePast social media campaign?! If not let us fill you in… The premise of this project was to share stories about favourite Plaster Casts from the GSA collection and the memories that these evoke. We were so grateful for the responses from GSA staff and students who took part, each of […]

If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ll have seen that we’ve had a whole host of creative activities for you to take part in recently. If you haven’t already, check out our previous blog posts Archive Activities 1, 2, and 3! You can also see examples of the creative responses we got on […]

In our latest blog, we look at two of our schools’ activities where we’ve invited you to “design your own…” These activities form part of our series of activities for kids (and the young at heart!) based around items from our collections.  We have been inviting people to post their own artwork in reply to […]

If you’ve seen a concrete church or a school in the west of Scotland, there’s a good chance that it was designed by one of Glasgow’s pre-eminent architectural firms. From 1927 to 1987 Gillespie, Kidd and Coia Architects created designs for schools, churches, offices, hospitals, houses, universities and more, both in Scotland and beyond. The […]

As some of you will know from following our social media, we’re currently in the process of digitising and uploading lots of lovely new images of our collections onto our online catalogue – how exciting! This means that you’ll get to download even more images of our material whether this is for your studies, your […]

You may remember we told you about our textile repackaging project, involving hundreds of items from our textile collection.  Well, we thought it was time to update you on what the textile storage looks like now that it’s complete! As part of the recovery project, textiles have been repackaged in two main ways.  Firstly, small […]

As part of our schools’ activities, we invite you to Colour Our Collections! Fashion illustration by Margaret Oliver Brown, DC 051/2 We’ve chosen some of our favourite images from our collections, and turned them into a handy pdf here for you to download, print and colour.  You can do just one page or the whole […]

Now that the Easter Holidays are becoming a distant memory, you may have seen on our social media that we’ve got some activities for kids (or adults…) of all ages to take part in, from colouring & drawing to telling a story! Post your artworks in reply to our social media posts, or tag us in your own post with […]

We at the Archives and Collections have recently been reflecting on the fantastic creative work that our first year students produced as a result of engaging with the Archives and Collections earlier this academic year. Semester One saw the start of the brand new First Year Experience, beginning with the cross-disciplinary “Co-Lab 1” with the […]

Hello everyone, Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and in light of the UK Government’s transition from the ‘contain’ phase to the ‘delay’ phase of its response, GSA’s campuses, including the Archives and Collections service, are closed until further notice. Archives and Collections are still responding to emails, so if you’d like to get […]

We at GSA Archives are looking forward to attending an exhibition opening tomorrow night curated by one of our visitors. Energy is: pattern! opens at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow and will run until the 30th of May 2020. Art curator Francesca Zappia explains more about the project below. “Energy is: pattern!” is an […]

Happy new year! To kick off our 2020 blog posts, we thought we’d start by promoting a student project which shows off our collections in a whole new light… As many of you may know, GSA Archives have worked on many innovative projects with the School’s department of Simulation and Visualisation (SimVis). Artist Romy Galloway […]

Hello all, Just a note to let you all know that the Archives & Collections will be closed over the festive period in line with the closure dates across the rest of the School. Our full public service and reading room will close at 5pm on Friday the 20th of December and re-open again at […]

This week GSA’s Collections Development Officer Michelle Kaye provides an update on conservation activities. I’m pleased to share an update on the status of the conservation of material from the Archives and Collections that was affected by the fire in GSA’s Mackintosh Building in May 2014. Textiles As part of the HLF-funded Mackintosh Conservation and […]

Volunteer and GSA Textile Design student Megan Allan has been working with us recently, to catalogue the collection of former GSA Director, Dugald Cameron.  To tie in with the launch of the ‘Ultrasonic Glasgow’ exhibition tonight which includes Dugald’s work, Megan has written a blog on the collection, its significance for the development of ultrasound […]

It was a joy to see what the students from the first intake of this years Pre-Sessional English cohort made of GSA Archives! See their fantastic creative outputs in the gallery below, along with a blog post about their experiences with us. This blog post was  written jointly by Lijie, Zeng and Handong, Yu, and edited by […]

As you may have seen in some of our previous blog posts, we have been enjoying working in collaboration with University of Glasgow Textile Conservation students this academic year. They have been busy repackaging our Fraser Taylor and Glasgow 1999 Festival t-shirts recently and we were pleased to get the newly beautifully boxed garments back […]

Hip Hip Hooray! Today we’re really pleased to announce the launch of a new online catalogue for our holdings. To some of you who use the Archives and Collections regularly, it might not look all that different, but we’ve recently migrated to a new system for our collections management activities and for our online catalogue. […]

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that we have recently changed the “Case Studies” section of our Archives and Collections website to link to another blog called “The Hatchery”. As you will see from a previous blog post, The Hatchery has existed for a little while now as a place to bring together […]

As degree show approaches and prizewinners are announced, GSA Silversmithing and Jewellery Graduate and 2018 Chairman’s Medal winner Ailsa Morrant shares some reflections on her practice with us. Visit us to see four of Ailsa’s beautiful medals featured in her degree show last year by emailing  Tell me a wee bit about your background […]

Some items from our Mackintosh collection are currently on loan to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool for the ‘Making the Glasgow style’ exhibition until August 2019.  This provides a great opportunity for us to tell you about the process we go through to loan material to exhibitions.  Archives and Collections Manager Susannah Waters and […]

GSA Archives and Collections currently has an exciting opportunity to contribute to our cataloguing and digitisation programme DC 91 Dugald Cameron Archive Former GSA Director Dugald Cameron studied at the School between 1957-1963. Dugald specialised in Industrial Design and during his post-diploma year, worked on the design of innovative ultrasound machines. The Archives and Collections […]

In addition to our soon-to-be-completed project to photograph 3D material from our holdings, as part of our ongoing Fire Recovery Project, significant amounts of 2D material from the Archives and Collections will also be digitised over the next 6-7 months. The vast majority of the digitised material will ultimately appear online, making our holdings much […]

Over the last few months, the Archives and Collections have been working with students from the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Textile Conservation (CTC).  The students are currently working on a project to conserve T-shirts from two of our collections. The CTC published a blog on the project a few weeks ago, which has been […]

We thought we’d show off some brilliant photographs of embroidery work recently exhibited at the Made In Paisley gallery by participants of The STAR Project! This lovely group used some items from our textile collection to inspire and further develop their embroidery pieces for an exhibition called “Jessie Wylie Newbery”. This project was lead by […]

GSA Learning Resources have installed a new library display showcasing the work of former Graphic Design student Lindsay Winning, and related graphic design books. Why not pop along to the top floor of the GSA library and have a look! The display was recently installed in the library and will be in place for a […]

Archives and Collections have just finished a large textile repackaging project, linked with the textile digitisation project we wrote about in our recent blog.  This project was completed with the hard work and enthusiasm of six student volunteers from the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Textile Conservation. We have been repackaging the textiles to protect them […]

On the 18th January 2019, a ground-breaking 3D immersive exhibit of one of The Glasgow School of Art’s plaster casts was featured on BBC Breakfast.  It uses Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to tell the story of Laocoön (a Trojan priest from classical mythology), which was one of the GSA’s casts damaged in the fire […]

Our Documentation Assistant Lucy Stock is here to talk about some colourful finds from our current digitisation project! Happy New Year Hello to all, and a happy 2019! I hope the new year will bring you many great experiences. To kick things off, how do you fancy a sneak peek at some of the fabulous […]

Our Cataloguing Archivist Rachael, who has been with us since May 2017, will be leaving the Glasgow School of Art to start a new job at the University of Strathclyde in the New Year. Here, she says farewell! I have been privileged enough to dive into the fabulous collections of the Glasgow School of Art […]

As 2018 draws to a close, we look back at the work which has taken place as part of the Recovery Project since the 2014 fire.  A huge amount of work has been undertaken and so we focus on just some aspects here. Conservation & Repackaging The project to repackage our textiles is nearing completion […]

It’s Christmas! Advent calendars are being opened, Santa has begun packing his sleigh and GSA Learning Resources have installed a colourful selection of Christmas cards and books on the top floor of GSA library! GSA Archives and Collections are no stranger to a handmade Christmas card having collected several batches over the years! We couldn’t […]

Christmas is fast approaching and the Archives & Collections team will be taking a break over the festive period due to the school closure. Christmas card from 1960 designed by Mark Severin, featuring Santa in a helicopter! (DC 073/1/9) We will be closing at 5pm on Tuesday 18th December;  staff will then be back in […]

This week our Collections Development Officer Michelle Kaye reveals what’s been happening as part of the A&C’s fire recovery project. I’m really excited to share with you some details about two projects currently going on in the Archives and Collections. The first relates to the digitisation element of our Archives and Collections fire recovery project. […]

Our cataloguing archivist Rachael attended the large Archives and Records Association conference in Glasgow this August. Find out what she learned in this article, re-blogged from the Archives and Records Association magazine. This summer I was lucky enough to receive a bursary to attend my first Archives and Records Association Conference in my home of Glasgow. […]

This Halloween we’ve picked out some of our favourite spook-tacular archive material for your devilish delight… We love this 1953 Halloween collage by Cordelia Oliver (née Patrick) of a witch on a broomstick, complete with her cat along for the ride (DC 066/3/2/2/2).  This comes from a collection of her commercial works including illustrations for […]

There are just a couple of days left to see The Young Regenerators exhibition “We Will Speak. You Will Listen” featuring work by young people from GSA’s Widening Participation programme. The exhibition will finish on the 21st of October so head over to CitizenM Glasgow if you’ve got some free time to see it this […]

Hi there, I’m Jennifer Lightbody and I’m the new Archives and Collections Assistant at GSA. I’ll be working alongside Cat in the reading room and carrying out a wide variety of work in the Archives and Collections.  I’ve already had a taste of this in a busy few weeks!  I’ve had a flavour of group […]

Today former volunteer Kelly McMeekin shares some fascinating research on William McCance, one of the students she has researched as part of our World War One Home Front research project.  William McCance (1894-1970) was a Drawing and Painting student at The Glasgow school of Art from 1911-1915. He was also a Conscientious Objector (CO) during […]

Our support assistant Kay Bryant shares stories from some of the oddities from our collection! Over the past few months, I have had been adding information to the catalogue about some of the more unusual items in our collection. These include items such as a paper embossing press used by the School in the early 1900s, […]

Interviewed here is PhD student Karen Mailley-Watt, one half of the brilliant History Girls Frae Scotland! To find out more and keep up with The History Girls, check out their blog here. Can you talk a little bit about your background and how your choice of PHD study came about? I have an undergraduate in […]

In the twilight hours of late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning last week, a small group of GSA staff were allowed behind the scenes at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh to set up a pop-up exhibition and shop showcasing products based on mid-century textile designs in the GSA archives. Pop-up exhibition of archive material at […]

Following on from my blog post about William Oliphant Hutchison, Director of the Art School 1933-1943, this post covers the Directorship of Douglas Percy Bliss, Director for almost 20 years! Disclaimer: The papers of Douglas Percy Bliss have been catalogued but since they are younger than 75 years old, they fall within the realm of […]

This July I can attest to the fact that we have well and truly been pulling our weight in the Archives and Collections. In fact, with the help of our trusty hydraulic trolley, the Slingsby, we’ve quite literally been pulling some serious weight whilst escorting some of our heaviest collections to a glamorous photo-shoot with […]

Our recent group session with GSA’s Pre-Sessional English students proves that archives really do ignite creativity! The Pre-Sessional English course is a three-month discipline specialist language provision tailored to the needs of international students who have been offered a place at GSA on the condition that they improve their English to meet the requirements of […]

As part of our series of posts by volunteers working on the Home Front research project, this week Matilda Heydon shares her research on designer and artist Charles Cameron Baillie. The Home Front Project, which has involved researching students and staff who were at the Glasgow School of Art during the First World War, has […]

After a period of closure following the fire in GSA’s Mackintosh Building on the 15th of June, the Archives and Collections have now resumed normal service. We can now accommodate visitors again and answer any enquiries that you may have regarding our holdings. To make an appointment or enquiry, please email or telephone 0141 […]

Happy birthday Mr Mackintosh! Today we celebrate 150 years since this leading Art Nouveau architect, artist and designer was born. The city will continue to bustle with “Toshy” themed events over the coming months so keep your eyes peeled, particularly around the time of the Mackintosh Festival in October. The Archives and Collections have been […]

Tomorrow marks the public opening of the 2018 GSA Degree Show! As usual, there will be a feast of diverse work from across GSA’s creative disciplines – find out more here on the website. But before everyone gets their glad rags on for opening night tonight, we thought we’d share the story of one of last year’s […]

We were delighted to stumble across a rather complimentary post about our online catalogue on the Illinois Pixels blog, a blog about visual resources from the staff at the University of Illinois Library. They have kindly allowed us to reblog their original post… Getting Lost in Digital Archives: The Glasgow School of Art archives One of my […]

Sunday the 13th of May will mark the 450th Anniversary of the “Battle of Langside”. Fought in 1568, this was the most significant battle within the boundaries of Glasgow. In 1921, it became the subject of a large mural in Langside Library, which was painted by Maurice Greiffenhagen. The battle occurred as a result of a series of […]

If you get as engrossed in our blog posts as Duncan Brown is in reading this book, please let us know as soon as possible so that you can remain subscribed. At the end of May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations will take effect. This means a change to how we manage our mailing lists. […]

GSA’s traditional plaster casts feature in a contemporary art show at Glasgow International (GI) festival! Our Recovery Project Lead Polly Christie shares more… Such is the attraction of GSA’s plaster casts, that we received a loan request from a contemporary practitioner, who wanted to work with them as part of his show for GI. Tony […]

GSA Archives and Collections currently has some exciting opportunities to contribute to work on our WW1 and fire recovery projects! WW1 Home Front Research Project Volunteers (x2) GSA’s WW1 Roll of Honour research project has recently been completed. We are now working on a project to research individuals who were involved in Home Front activities […]

This week, Kelly McMeekin, a volunteer on our home front research project, shares with us her research on the artists Robert George Sang Mackechnie and his wife Margaret Helen Barnard.  Robert George Sang Mackechnie was a student at The Glasgow School of Art from 1918-1921 where he studied Drawing and Painting. Robert took daytime classes […]

At the end of May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations will take effect. This means a change to how we manage our mailing lists. We are currently reviewing our blog mailing list – we would like to continue to keep in touch with you but we need you to confirm that you are happy […]

Art lovers, it’s time to get your diary out and set some time aside for the bi-annual event that is Glasgow International! From the 20th of April until the 7th of May 2018, 268 artists will exhibit in 90 exhibitions across 78 venues – that’s a significant amount of art to take in! GSA’s Reid […]

Did you know World Penguin Day is approaching? This month, when each of us on the Archives and Collections team chose what we would tweet about, I chose to take on World Penguin Day. Everyone was a bit sceptical that I would find anything in the collections of a penguiny nature, myself included – but […]

Following my exciting discoveries in the papers of Francis Newbery, I have continued to catalogue the papers of the Directors of the School of Art and the next biggest collection of papers I have been working on are those of William Oliphant Hutchison. Sir William Oliphant Hutchison was the Director of the School from 1933-1943. […]

Archives and Collections Assistant Cat Doyle shares a fascinating discovery she made last week when retrieving records for a research group! The records of our plaster cast collection have attracted a great deal of attention recently and we have been approached by a number of researchers with dynamic ideas that they have inspired. But this […]

There has been some great media coverage today of our exciting finds within the records of Francis Newbery, ex Director of the School! Find out more about the accession of Newbery papers, catalogued by Rachael, here: The New Year has brought me to a new part of the Glasgow School of Art’s institutional Archive to […]

Kay Bryant reveals part two of her discovery about the connection between previous GSA student Annie Osbourne Campbell and political activist Constance Markievicz! While the Irish Citizens Army defended the demonstrating workers from the police, Constance distributed food, paid for from her own pocket, requiring her to take out loans and sell her jewellery to […]

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and we’ve been sharing some stories of inspirational women artists and designers who have links to the Glasgow School of Art and for whom we have material in our collections. Firstly we featured Ann Macbeth, renowned designer, embroiderer, and ‘Glasgow Girl’. She was also a very active member of the suffrage […]

Our loyal casual staff member and home front volunteer Kay Bryant shares the first part of a discovery she made about student Annie Osbourne Campbell who studied at GSA during WW1! Please also see the bottom of this post for a WW1 related Poetry Competition call out from the University of Glasgow. With all the recent […]

One of the most unique things about GSA Archives and Collections is that we hold a variety of objects and artworks which complement our extensive archive. These items, which make up the “Collections” side of our service, include a large number of items by Charles Rennie Mackintosh which have been recognised as Nationally Significant to […]

This week Archives and Collections Volunteer Lucy Janes shares another of the discoveries she’s made during her research on the WW1 Home Front research project.  I was intrigued when researching a couple of young women who attended The Glasgow School of Art in the early 20th century to discover that they had started coming to […]

Hi! I’m Lucy and I recently became Documentation Assistant at the Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections. I will be joining the team as I undertake a two year project, primarily working with digitised images.  These digitised images are scans or digital photographs of items within the collections, and have been produced to aid […]

This week, Lucy Janes, a volunteer on our World War One Home Front research project, shares one of the more surprising stories she’s discovered so far during her research. When imagining the students of The Glasgow School of Art at the beginning of the 20th century it’s easy to conjure up some visions: Dreamy-eyed, thoughtful […]

It might not be terribly British to spell colour without a “u” but this week GSA Archives and Collections are joining our American friends at The New York Academy of Medicine and inviting all of our followers to #ColorOurCollections! This week-long colouring bonanza brings together archives, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions from around the […]

GSA’s Archives and Collections team were really pleased to welcome four new volunteers into the ranks at the end of November last year. Julia, Lucy J, Kelly and Tilly have been with us for a fair few weeks now, so we thought it was high time we introduced them to you. All four are working on our […]

The Mackintosh Building Restoration project is coming along beautifully thanks to the restoration team and our very own Recovery Project Lead Polly Christie! Here she is with a wee update… I thought I’d send through a quick update on what’s happening with the Mackintosh Building Restoration Project. As you will know from previous blog posts, […]

  Last November the Archives and Collections received a new donation of student work from Valerie McLachlan (née Gardiner) who studied the General Course and then Graphic Design at GSA between 1967-1971, gaining a Diploma in Graphic Design. GSA’s Graphic Design course was initially established in 1936 as a Diploma in Commercial Art. After the […]

Happy new year to all our readers! To kick start our 2018 blog posts, we thought we’d look at some of the new pieces that have been recently accessioned into the collection. Each year our curator Peter Trowles collects diverse pieces from prize winning students at the GSA Degree Show. Peter was good enough to […]

Well, the big day is almost here and GSA Archives and Collections are winding down for a well earned rest! You may already have been following our #12daysofGSA Christmas Twitter and Instagram posts over the past couple of weeks but in case you’ve missed them, we thought we’d culminate all the items we chose here. Just think […]

Recently we welcomed Artist and Archivist Peter Morphew to the GSA Archives and Collections to sketch some of the records! He wrote a fascinating blog-post following his visit and has kindly allowed us to re-blog his piece! For my latest edition of #archivedwalks , I decided to visit the Glasgow School of Art archive. Using […]

Phew, we’re coming to the end of a busy semester! In October and November, the Archives and Collections have run a total of nineteen student sessions tailored to students from different creative disciplines at The Glasgow School of Art. From Portfolio Prep to Product Design, our reading room has been host to a total of […]

Would you believe it – the festive season is almost upon us! This means that the Archives & Collections elves are busy preparing to do some behind the scenes work to keep our service in tip top condition for the New Year! Therefore, please excuse us while we close at 3pm on Friday the 15th […]

Our new display of archive material and library books opens today on the top floor of GSA Library! On Saturday 28th October 2017 there was a reunion of the Architecture Students from the Class of ’77. This group of students originally set up the Vic Café under the guidance of their tutor John Crallan 40 […]

A few weeks ago we hosted a visit from the students of the textile conservation MPhil course at The University of Glasgow. The group have kindly allowed us to republish a blog post about their visit written by Marika Kesler (2nd year Student, MPhil Textile Conservation) and their lecturer Sarah Foskett… The second year course Conservation in Practice aims, […]

What a weird and wonderful collection of skeletons the Archives and Collections have managed to find in our proverbial closets! Well, perhaps more archive boxes than closets really… Our team have picked different spooky items from the collection to mark Halloween 2017 so come and have a look at what’s lurking in our plan chest […]

As we approach Halloween, some of you may look toward cinematography for costume inspiration. With this in mind, we thought you might like to read part two of Home Front Volunteer Miranda Stuart’s story about film maker Clarence Elder. In the last blog post, I mentioned Clarence Elder’s notorious reputation in the film industry. Some […]

The archivists amongst you may have read about the latest updates from our post fire recovery project in ARC, the Archives and Records Association’s monthly magazine. For those that didn’t see the article, here’s our Recovery Project Lead Polly Christie to tell us more! Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections, comprising the school’s institutional […]

GSA currently has some exciting opportunities to contribute to work on our WW1 projects GSA’s WW1 Roll of Honour research project has recently been completed. We are now working on a project to research individuals who were involved in Home Front activities during the First World War, with a view to creating a Home Front […]

Our Home Front Project continues to progress with an increasing number of biographies of students who stayed behind at the School during World War One. In this blog post, volunteer Miranda Stewart tells the tale of unconventional Scottish filmmaker Clarence Elder. Nowadays Elstree Studios in London is home to television shows such as Big Brother and […]

Here’s Rachael Jones with another update from her cataloguing work! The records we hold of the construction of the Mackintosh Building between 1896-1909 hold the fascinating story of the birth of Mackintosh’s ‘Masterwork’ and the iconic home of the Glasgow School of Art. These records were already catalogued before I began my post as cataloguer […]

Our collaborative exhibition with Centre for Advanced Textiles just loves alliteration! The exhibition focuses on mid 20th century textile design and can be visited it in the School’s Reid Building corridor until the 8th of October 2017. 2017 mark’s the centenary of the highly influential and pioneering pattern designer, Lucienne Day (1917-2010). Working with The Robin and Lucienne […]

We’re pleased to say that the fashion show audiovisual material is now live on the GSA Archives and Collections online catalogue.  This material will be useful for students and researchers looking at many aspects of the fashion shows, including changing styles of garments, set designs and even the students involved.  Fashion show films exist for five […]

This is Jennifer’s last week with us here at the Archives and Collections. In today’s post, Jennifer sums up her traineeship and provides some information about her Fashion Show project! I can’t believe as I’m writing this that my Skills for the Future year is over!  It’s been an amazing year and I’m so lucky […]

If you’re a regular reader of the Archives and Collections blog, you might remember our previous post about our involvement with an exhibition of GSA fire damaged materials at Historic Environment Scotland’s The Engine Shed. The exhibition comes to a close in September so there’s still time to go along and see some items which […]

GSA Archives and Collections are delighted to welcome to the team four new volunteers who will be working on our Home Front project. Amy, Caitlin, Miranda and Noel are four current and previous GSA students each with a different story to tell about their interest in getting involved with archives. We hope the stories below […]

Have a read at what our Skills for the Future trainee Jennifer Lightbody has been getting up to this month in her Audio Visual project! The summer has flown by and I now only have a few weeks left of my traineeship – I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone! The main focus of my […]

Read Kay Bryant’s exciting conclusion to the story of the McGeehan sisters! Aniza moved to Paris after leaving GSA, and continued her studies at the Académie Colarossi. Founded by the the Italian sculptor Filippo Colarrosi, it was seen as a very progressive studio and one of the first in Paris to offer classes where woman […]

We got a little surprise recently at the Archives and Collections when our cataloguing archivist Rachael Jones discovered a document which pre-dates the foundation of the School! Rachael shares her findings below… The Glasgow School of Art was founded in 1845 and originally governed by a Committee of Management, comprising of a president, two vice presidents, a […]

Architectural History and Heritage student Alborz Dianat recently completed his placement with us. He did an impressive amount of cataloguing and digitisation work which included a powerful collection of lecture notes by the forward-thinking architect Francis Lorne. This collection is now live on our catalogue. The final project of my work placement has been to catalogue […]

Read the next instalment of volunteer Kay Bryant’s discoveries about sisters at GSA in the late 19th and early 20th century! Elma MacDonald was for many years the editor of the Monklands Heritage Society Magazine, “The Raddle.” Her interest in a glass mosaic panel in St Augustine’s Church in Langloan, Coatbridge, by Jessie McGeehan, led […]

If you find yourself in Stirling over the summer months, head over to Historic Environment Scotland’s The Engine Shed where you can find items and images from the Archives and Collections which form their new exhibition entitled “The Glasgow School of Art Fire”. Focusing on the salvage work and restoration following the Mackintosh fire in […]

Skills for the Future trainee Jennifer Lightbody gives us an update on what June has brought for her Audio Visual project! The highlight of this month at GSA has been a two day trip to Stornoway to the Community Archives conference, hosted by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Council on Archives. One of […]

Alborz Dianat, our student placement from the Architecture MScR course in Edinburgh has been hard at work cataloguing our collection of Kenneth Murray Fraser material during his time with us. The catalogue has now gone live and you can view it here. Here’s Alborz to tell you a little more about what he learned from this experience… […]

Casual staff Brendan Armstrong and Maria Moreno have recently finished measuring and recording our extensive collection of 400 textiles in preparation for their repackaging. Repackaging these items was high on our list of priorities following the Mackintosh Fire in 2014 so we’re delighted to be getting this work underway. Brendan and Maria were kind enough […]

Handing over to Alborz Dianat this week to tell us about the Alexander McGibbon drawings he’s been cataloguing and digitising for us! Alborz is a student of Architectural History and Heritage at The University of Edinburgh and his expertise has given us a much better insight into this collection. On the morning of 23rd May, […]

As part of Volunteers Week 2017, let’s hear from one of GSA Archives own Home Front Project volunteers Kay Bryant. Kay has been busy working her way through the “C” names in our alphabetical student registers to see which students stayed behind at GSA during World War One. You can read more blog posts about […]

Hello, I’m Rachael Jones (until very recently I was Rachael Egan), and this month I have begun a 2 year cataloguing project as part of the Fire Recovery programme to catalogue the institutional records of the Glasgow School of Art. My background in archives began when I became a Graduate Trainee at the University of […]

Jennifer Lightbody is back on the blog to tell you all a little bit about the Cohort Day she hosted for the other Cohort Three trainees part of the Opening Up Scotland’s Archives programme and how this ties in with her Audio Visual Project! As part of the Skills for the Future traineeship, each organisation hosts the other […]

GSA currently has two exciting opportunities to contribute to work on our WW1 projects GSA’s WW1 Roll of Honour research project has recently been completed. We are now working on a project to research individuals who were involved in Home Front activities during the First World War, with a view to creating a Home Front […]

Hello readers! Just a quick note to say that our online resources will undergo a server move on Monday the 29th of May. This will potentially cause disruption to our online catalogue, website and blog which may become unavailable at this time. There may also be issues with our sister websites relating to Charles Rennie […]

It is that time of year again when the GSA’s degree show is fast approaching and the Archives & Collections are planning our summer programme of work! We will close at 5pm on Monday the 2nd of June and re-open again at 9am on Monday 19 June 2017. This means we will unfortunately not be […]

It’s well known that archives full of hidden gems, but our Secretary and Treasurer’s papers really are unique. Researchers are often amazed when they open one of these brown boxes and discover unexpected surprises hidden amongst day to day correspondence. One highlight from these records is two folders of material produced by Scottish painting duo […]

As you may have already seen if you are a regular follower of our Instagram and Twitter feeds, our collection of Giusti Plaster Cast material is now live on our online catalogue. Making this happen was University of Glasgow Technical Art History student Riley Cruttenden who has kindly written a summary of his findings below. […]

See a vivid selection of our Ted Odling material (Archive Reference DC 090) at GSA Library until August! You can also visit our Pinterest board for a sneak preview of what’s on display. This material was chosen to celebrate a larger exhibition of material by Ted and his wife Elizabeth which runs until the 31st […]

It was a sad day yesterday at the Archives and Collections when we said goodbye to our fantastic Project Assistant Fiona Hall. With the help of volunteers Kay, Maria, Emma and Lucy, Fiona has done an incredible job identifying and researching GSA students who stayed at the School and became involved in Home Front activities during […]

We’ve declared it Way Back Wednesday here at the Archives and Collections! Our Skills for the Future trainee Jennifer Lightbody has been collecting data from various Audio Visual films created by previous GSA alumni as part of her Audio Visual Project. Jennifer updates us below. I’ve been at the GSA Archives and Collections for 6 weeks […]

Communication around GSA’s 70th annual Fashion Show and the exhibition celebrating it gave the Archives and Collections a unique opportunity to develop our collection of fashion and textile related material. We’re keen to continue to add to this over the coming months and are still accepting donations of items which were showcased at GSA Fashion […]

Last week, the Archives and Collections said goodbye to two amazing volunteers with enviable IT skills. Calvin Park and Brendan Armstrong from University of the West of Scotland took time out of their busy student lives to undertake an eight week placement with us to improve the future of our online catalogue. They share their experiences below. Hello! We […]

The Archives and Collections are pleased to announce that our extensive collection of Fraser Taylor material is now live on our online catalogue! This can be found here under Archive Reference DC089. The material consists of Fraser’s personal papers and drawings from when he studied at GSA as well as textile samples, fabric lengths and […]

Another GSA Fashion Show draws to a close this week. But don’t fret, there’s still a couple of days to visit our collection of fashion show material which is part of the GSA Fashion Show 70th Anniversary Exhibition in the Reid Building until the 26th of March. Can’t make it? Simply email us at […]

Allow us to introduce our new Skills for the Future trainee Jennifer Lightbody. Jennifer is one of a group of seven trainees currently part of Cohort Three of the Opening Up Scotland’s Archives project with Scottish Council on Archives. She joins us here at the Archives and Collections for six months and we look forward to seeing […]

This month, the Archives and Collections are celebrating all things fashion! As well as the School’s annual Fashion Show on the 21st and 22nd of March, there is currently a glamorous collection of our archive material on display in the corridor of The Reid Building until the 26th. In the first of two posts, we will look […]

Hello everyone! My name is Cat Doyle and I’m the new Archives and Collections Assistant at GSA. I’ll be on hand for all visitor services so please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at: if you want to make an appointment to pop in, have a chat and enjoy looking at some unique […]

As part of a series of talks given in association with the exhibition ‘Eugène Bourdon: From the Classroom to the Battlefield’ celebrating the life and work of Professor Eugène Bourdon, Archives and Collections Project Assistant Fiona Hall delivered a talk on the fundraising activities organised and held by the School during the First World War […]

It is that time of year again when the Christmas holidays are fast approaching! This year, the GSA Archives and Collections will be closed for an extended period from Friday 23 December 2016 to Monday 06 February 2017. During this time we will be focusing on our collections management and service development work. This means […]

Many of you may have noticed the recent installation of the exhibition Merry Christmas! A History of GSA Christmas Cards in the Reid Building Ground Floor Corridor (this exhibition will be on until the 21st December).This exhibition features the work of a number of GSA staff and students who took the time to produce their own Christmas […]

The Glasgow School of Art staff and students have celebrated Christmas since the School’s opening by producing Christmas balls, theatre productions, fairs and beautifully illustrated cards to send to one another. In this exhibition the GSA Archives and Collections presents a selection of these materials including photographs, ephemera and cards made by GSA staff and […]

The Scottish contemporary Art Network (SCAN) has recently announced the launch of their project website Mapping the Visual Arts. An ambitious project, the purpose of this map in to help raise the visibility of a wide range of funded and unfunded art activities happening across Scotland today. This should hopefully be a useful tool for our […]

That is right, today we are plugging some of the upcoming talks by GSA Archive team members Fiona Hall (Archives and Collections Project Assistant) and Peter Trowles (Curator) who will be talking around the current exhibition in the Reid Building ground corridor, Eugène Bourdon: From Classroom to the Battlefield. There will be two lunchtime talks in the […]

Now residing in the Reid Building ground floor corridor is the exhibition Eugène Bourdon, From the Classroom to the Battlefield. This exhibition focuses on the career of Paris-born Eugène Bourdon, The Glasgow School of Art’s first Professor of Architectural Design whose life was lost while serving with the French Forces at the Battle of the Somme […]

Following the post ‘Halloween and the Day of the Dead: Part 1!’ we continue with the story of George Oliver. George Oliver “An art school training, with drawing as the favourite means, plus a life-long enthusiasm for people and places, combined to make George Oliver a wide-ranging observer, not least because of the pen, in […]

It is that time of year again when ghosts walk the earth and guisers appear as people begin to prepare for the usual Halloween festivities! Celebrated in a number of countries Halloween originated from All Hallows’ Eve, which is part of the Western Christian triduum of All Hallows’ Eve (31st October), All Saints’ Day (November […]

Today we continue with the story of George Gordon Macfarlane in volunteer Lewis Swallow’s second post. Macfarlane’s biography on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects showed that he continued as an architect after returning to London at the end of the war. Here, he ran his own practice where he designed inns for the brewers Watney […]

Yes, it is once again upon us! The 2016 Mackintosh Festival is in full swing with many events about, and inspired by the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. As I suspect many of you know, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and was the architect for, the aptly named, […]

Continuing with the GSA Archives and Collections posts on the GSA WWI Roll of Honour, volunteer Lewis Swallow writes about what he has discovered during his research into individuals on the Roll. During my time volunteering on this project, I have been able to delve into the life stories of former students and staff of […]

  Further to recent posts about the GSA WWI Roll of Honour, volunteer Vivien Lamb writes about her research, in particular the experiences of GSA students of architecture who served in WWI. My research on the Roll of Honour project looked at former GSA students who served with the RAF and the Royal Engineers in […]

A great big thank you to all those who attended the GSA Fresher’s Fair this past Monday! The GSA Archives and Collections team was in force and we had a great time talking to students and staff about our collections as a resource and how they could be used to inspire and inform new artworks. […]

In the next instalment of International Student Data Patterns, our Skills for the Future Trainee Cat Doyle takes us through a diagram she produced which gives an insight into student numbers from particular countries between 1903 and 1949.   Between 1903 and 1949, GSA was attracting students from 24 different countries which can be seen […]

Watch our new stop motion animation and read the accompanying post about how Skills for the Future trainee Cat Doyle has tracked changing International student patterns at GSA. The International Links project stirred a curiosity in me about the history of the Glasgow School of Art’s popularity with students from overseas. These students currently make […]

It is once again that time of the year when Glasgow throws open its doors and welcomes people into its many unique, historic and beautiful buildings and spaces. Returning for its 27th year, happily and appropriately during the national Festival of Architecture for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Doors Open Days Festival […]

Another post today about the recent research into the GSA’s First World War Roll of Honour. Volunteer Fiona Gordon talks about her experience of researching the individuals on the Roll, and some of the discoveries she has made. Researching the lives of students commemorated on the First World War Roll of Honour has not been […]

Today our research of the individuals listed on the GSA Roll of Honour continues! One of our volunteers Melissa Reeve-Rawlings recaps some of the discoveries she has made in ‘Researching the GSA Roll of Honour’. The Glasgow School of Art Roll of Honour project has been researching a memorial commissioned in the 1920s which bears […]

Last week the GSA Archives and Collections hosted an open afternoon where people could come into the archive to learn more about the George and Cordelia Oliver Archive and see some of the highlights of the collection. As part of this event Academic Liaison Librarian David Buri gave a short talk about the photographs of […]

Project Assistant Fiona Hall gives an update on some of the potential avenues of research she has found in ‘Home Front Memorial Project and The Belgian Connection’. Hello! I thought I would update on my progress so far, it’s been a few months since my last post regarding the Home Front Memorial Project. However, you […]

GU placement Nicola MacRae recaps some of her discoveries about Cordelia Oliver and her work amongst the papers of the George and Cordelia Oliver Archive. Sadly, I am nearing the end of my internship at The Glasgow School of Art archives. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and have gained valuable experience, for which […]

The Needlework Development Scheme in Scotland was a venture that ran from 1934-1939, and 1944-1961 and was a collaboration between art and design education with industry. Funded by the thread manufacturers of Paisley J & P Coats (anonymously at the time) the aim of the Scheme was to encourage greater interest in needlework and to […]

A new exhibition of GSA Archive and Library materials is now on display in the GSA Library! Displaying a selection of travel related materials to satisfy your wanderlust there are a number of artefacts from our holdings currently on show on the mezzanine and second floor of the GSA Library. The majority of the items […]

Our University of Glasgow intern Nicola MacRae talks about her work cataloguing the George and Cordelia Oliver Archive. My name is Nicola and I’m a student at The University of Glasgow on the Information Management and Preservation (Digital/Archives Records Management) MSc. course.  I’m currently undertaking an internship at The Glasgow School of Art which has […]

Fiona Hall writes about a recent discovery in the GSA Archives and Collections in the last post of the ‘Remembering Bourdon’ series. A recent discovery within the correspondence is a notice advertised in the School on behalf of Bourdon requesting care packages for his men, and attached to the poster is an image of Bourdon […]

It is quite likely that when I say ‘Paisley Pattern’, many of you will understand and be able to imagine the pattern I am referring to. A pattern made up of small symbols perhaps best described as a curved teardrop or maybe a tapered kidney, this pattern has adorned shawls and garments from the 18th […]

Fiona Hall continues with her research into Eugène Bourdon and his experience of World War I. 1915: Bourdon’s bravery and life at the Front.  In 1915 Bourdon kept up regular correspondence with the School, and alongside the ongoing issues regarding his salary, it is clear that he also wished to be informed of events and […]

“This makes the casts in fact priceless” Recently some of the GSA Archives and Collection’s plaster casts have moved from the Mackintosh Building to their new home over the road in the Reid Building. Those of you who have already seen the post Our Plaster Casts and Objects, you will know that the Mackintosh Building has always […]

In this week’s post Fiona Hall continues with the story of Eugene Bourdon who was killed at the Battle of the Somme. Captain Bourdon ‘I trust, therefore, that you will have no further disquietude… but rest contented that although you are absent in body your spirit rules over the school which is at once your […]

Exactly 100 years ago today on 1 July 1916, Staff Captain Eugene Bourdon, GSA’s first professor of Architectural Design was killed in France at the Battle of the Somme. As a mark of respect, an information board has been placed in the foyer of the School’s Reid Building to commemorate Bourdon’s ultimate sacrifice. Later this […]

In our last post we took a look at The Great Diary Project, a developing collection of diaries from all across the country. Today we are going to take a look at some of our collections as well a project that continuing the tradition of diary keeping in an unusual way. Like most archives, the […]

What is the value of a diary? As a form of personal record these documents can provide a wealth of information ranging from the minute details of a person’s everyday life, to comments on the current times and an often revealing look at the commonly held perceptions, and prejudices, of the day. Why people choose […]

The Refugee Festival Scotland has started! Since last week many events have been taking place across Glasgow that bring together people from refugee and local communities to celebrate the contributions refugees have made to life in Britain. One such event is the recently launched ‘Lest We Forget’ Exhibition currently on display at The Mitchell Library. […]

Cat Doyle, our Skills for the Future Trainee continues with her research into international links at The Glasgow School of Art by examining the archive’s collection of travel diaries. I’m now almost halfway through my International Links project at GSA Archives and Collections and it’s fairly flying in! I’ve built up a diverse body of […]

Volunteer Karen Harkness writes about her recent work on the extensive GSA Archives Textile Collection. Please note that some material in our collections contains historical or outdated terminology which may now be considered offensive or derogatory.  Where these terms appear, it is in the interest of historical accuracy and does not reflect the views or opinions […]

GU placement Hillary Fortin provides an update on her work treating and re-cataloguing our fire damaged ceramics. As part of my work placement with the Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, I created a poster about a specific aspect of my placement. I decided to write about the treatment and re-cataloguing of fire-damaged ceramics […]

  Hello! I’m Fiona Hall, and I’ve recently joined the Archive and Collections team as a project assistant working on the Home Front Memorial Project. I hope to share with you all exciting and intriguing stories about the lives and activities of the staff and students that continued to study at the school during the […]

Our Skills for the Future Trainee Cat Doyle continues with her research in ‘The First International Exhibition of Decorative Art’. There are still a number of exciting contemporary art events happening as the Glasgow International Festival draws to a close and the GSA Learning Resources team thought we’d get on board! Visit our new display […]

Hillary Fortin who has been working on the GSA Archives and Collections Ceramic Collection talks about our recent ceramic workshop and her new display at the GSA Library. The 21st of April was a full day of exciting activity with the Glasgow School of Art’s ceramics collection. The morning involved setting up the workshop ‘Tea […]

As those of you who read the blog regularly will know, we recently welcomed to the GSA Archives and Collections team the Skills for the Future Trainee Cat Doyle (see Introducing our new Skills for the Future Trainee – Cat Doyle for more information). Cat is researching international links within the GSA Archives and Collections, looking for […]

Archives can be amazing places where not only objects and records are stored, but where stories can be re-discovered and re-used. The GSA Archives and Collections is no exception, and amongst our many, many records are some truly amazing and quite surprising stories. One of the most entertaining of these, is that of the ‘Living […]

Continuing to look into the impact of continental staff in the early 20th century, Skills for the Future trainee Cat Doyle investigates eminent sculptor Johan Keller’s time at GSA. Sculpture was taken very seriously at GSA in the late 19th century. It was believed that studying it would benefit every artistic discipline and a significant […]

Our university placement volunteer Hillary Fortin who has been working on the GSA Archives and Collections Ceramic Collection talks about Heather Jack and Alison Brown’s visit to the Archives. The aim of my work placement with the Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections is to research and enhance the documentation of ceramic objects held […]

Serena Korda’s exhibition Hold Fast, Stand Sure, I scream a revolution, recently opened in the Reid Building Gallery as part of the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art. Collaborating with sound designer/composer Martin Low, Korda is creating a ‘sound sculpture’ for the Reid gallery using audio visual equipment and a set of elongated ceramic bells. Taking inspiration […]

Skills for the Future trainee Cat looks at the impact of Belgian teaching staff at The Glasgow School of Art in the early 20th century. Let’s start with a little context… Before 1900, all art institutions in the UK were directed by the Government’s Department of Science and Art and aspiring tutors had to certify […]

Ailsa Sutcliffe, GSA Archives volunteer, continues with the final instalment of the story of John Charles Lamont, listed on the GSA WWI Roll of Honour. THE FRIENDSHIP In addition to their strong Glasgow connection and mutual residence in Kirkcudbright, Sivell and Lamont also married into the same local Sayers family. It is suggested that Lamont […]

Emma Carey, one of the GSA Archives and Collections project volunteers recaps her recent work cataloguing and packaging a new archive acquisition, student work by Lindsay Wadey. Lindsay Wadey (née Winning) was a student at the Glasgow School of Art from 1963 to 1967. This year, she has kindly donated her student portfolio to the […]

Volunteer Ailsa Sutcliffe continues with her story about John Charles Lamont listed on the WWI Roll of Honour, with more information about his friend Robert Sivell. Robert Sivell was born in Paisley in 1888. His path into the Glasgow School of Art was not plain sailing. It was only after several years of hard labour […]

Ailsa Sutcliffe, one of the GSA Archives and Collections volunteers currently researching the GSA WWI Roll of Honour, talks about her work and what she has found out about one individual in particular. One John Charles Lamont. Researching the Roll of Honour’s men can be a fairly tricky task. It involves a lot of patience, […]

Hinterland is the name of a project to reinvigorate St Peter’s College in Cardross. Completed in 1966, St Peter’s College was built for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow for the training of priests. Consisting of four connected new buildings placed around, what was, the existing 19th century Burnet mansion, Kilmahew house, the college was […]

For those of you who have not heard, in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art the exhibition Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965 is currently on display. As part of this exhibition the National Gallery is hosting several events that touch upon the artists represented, including several notable GSA alumni. Some particular events to look […]

Hello everyone! I’m Cat Doyle – the latest addition to the archives and collections team! I am here as part of Skills for the Future Opening Up Scotland’s Archives project and will be spending six months looking into The Glasgow School of Art’s international links. I hope to share lots of intriguing stories about the […]

Some of you may have heard of the on-going development of Kelvin Hall, the building that once housed the transport museum and which currently sits opposite of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This site is currently being re-developed into a new cultural hub that will not only provide access to several important Glasgow Museums Collections […]

The exhibition ‘From the service of Venus to the worship of Mars’ has been extended! Currently taking place in the Reid Building this exhibition shows off some of the artefacts, ephemera and materials that artist Rachel Lowther used to inspire and inform her work in the companion exhibition,’ Nothing compares to the first time getting […]

As some of you may already be aware, the GSA Archives and Collections recently opened again to the public and we are now in the happy position of being able to provide access to our many artefacts and records. As an outstanding resource for the study of art, design, architecture and much more, the School’s archives […]

Recently GSA Archives had an enquiry from Suzy Richardson – 4th year student at the University of Glasgow – regarding a floral ceramic set and GSA graduate May Wilson, a potential Glasgow Girl. After conducting research in our archives, as well as in the Mitchell Library and Glasgow Women’s Library Suzy provides more information about […]

Alison Stevenson, head of learning resources provides a little more information on the recent archival acquisition of ‘Fake Ophelia’ by Steven Campbell, and where you can find out further information about this work. One of “the most remarkable” of Steven Campbell’s collages is how the critic Duncan MacMillan describes “Fake Ophelia” which became part of […]

How time files! The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections is now officially open to the public! We held our official opening this past Wednesday 27th and were delighted by the number of people who stopped by to have a chat and to see some examples of our holdings. I have said it before, and […]

Continuing our research into individuals associated with the GSA during the First World War (find out more about the current exhibition of archive materials from this period in ‘From the service of Venus to the worship of Mars’) Maja Shand continues with the story of Dr Tina Gray. Born in Helensburgh in 1884 to a wealthy […]

Continuing our research into individuals associated with the GSA during the First World War (find out more about the current exhibition of archive materials from this period in ‘From the service of Venus to the worship of Mars’) Maja Shand continues with her research into the entrants on the GSA Roll of Honour, and reveals the […]

From the service of Venus to the worship of Mars and Nothing compares to the first time getting shot at. These two exhibitions opened last Friday to a roaring reception in the Glasgow School of Art’s Reid Building. Nothing compares to the first time getting shot at by artist Rachel Lowther will run from the 16th January […]

A belated Happy New Year to all GSA Archive blog readers! Since the fire in the Mackintosh Building in May 2014, the team here at the GSA Archives and Collections has been searching for an appropriate location to serve as both our new office space and archive stores while the restoration work continues on the […]

It is once again that time of year for gift giving, feast enjoying, and present receiving fun. It has been an eventful year at the School and in the New Year the archives will continue its work in recovering and restoring the many items in our holdings. A small reminder that over Christmas the GSA […]

The GSA Archives and Collections Centre, is a unique centre in that it is not only an archive – an organic accumulation of records from people or organisations – but a museum collection – a gathering of objects including textiles, paintings, ceramics and more. As an organisation we look to gather together materials and records […]

All of us here in the GSA Archives and Collections have been working hard for the last couple of months on preparing our office and reading room for opening in January, and we are almost there! For Christmas the GSA Archives Centre will be closed after Friday 18th December until Tuesday 5th January. While we are […]

Peter Trowles, the GSA Mackintosh Curator, reflects on the current importance of the GSA Photographic Archive in informing the work of Page & Park and the ongoing restoration of the Mackintosh Building. As the task of rebuilding the fire damaged Mackintosh Building gathers pace, those involved in the detailed restoration programme continue to collate evidence as […]

This week we are continuing to look at the process of restoration and its complexities. To highlight some of the difficulties of such work, today we are going to look at the restoration of a well known Scottish site, Stirling Castle’s Great Hall. As the GSA Archives continues to be mined for small facts, documents and […]

Episode 05 ‘Some are big like pebbles and some are small like sand’. This final podcast investigates extra-curricular, focussing on Activities Week, a programme of events that ran throughout the 1970s and into 1990s.  The podcast is made up of staff and student recollections of these activities and  features extracts of audio from performances by […]

Mackintosh Curator, Peter Trowles, discusses his research into the GSA Archives and how this unique collection of records and artefacts that tracks the history of the School can, and is informing the restoration of the Mackintosh Building.  Eighteen months on from the tragic fire that destroyed much of the western half of the Mackintosh Building, […]

Episode 4, ‘Talk, Make, Play’ is the second part of the podcasts focussing on the Mixed Media department at Glasgow School of Art. This part discusses the work made by the students of the department, the opportunities for students leaving art school in the late 1970s-early 1980s and what eventually happened to Mixed Media. It […]

Opening this weekend at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is an exhibition of work by Scottish women artists. Covering the period from 1885 (when Francis Newbery became Director of the Glasgow School of Art) until 1965, this exhibition will have more than 90 works on show drawn from the National Galleries’ collections, public […]

It is once again that time of year where we stock up on sweet treats and spooky jack-o’-lanterns in preparation for a visit from guisers! To celebrate, the GSA Archives will look at some of the costumes in our holdings to help inspire you for this Halloween!

Today we have another podcast episode from GSA Archive researcher Debi Banerjee, Episode 3, ‘Evolutionary not Revolutionary’. The first of a two part podcast which looks at the Mixed Media course at Glasgow School of Art which ran from 1977-1981, this first part focuses on the formation of the department, which was set up and […]

Continuing with the series of podcasts created by Debi Banerjee for the project New Wave: Materials, Methods and Media, Glasgow School of Art 1970-1986, Episode 2 ‘Section Five’ was released this Monday on our new project site (full address: Continuing on from Episode 1 ‘First Things First’, this episode looks at Section Five, an experimental first year […]

Skills for the Future Trainee Maja Shand, talks about her research into GSA alumnus Allan D Mainds. Photograph of the Mainds’ wedding in 1916 Allan Douglass Mainds was born in Helensburgh in 1881 to Catherine Thomson Gilfillan and William Reid, a landscape painter in oil. Allan was one of eight siblings, all of whom seemed […]

As the GSA Archives and Collections Team continues to work towards the recovery of our existing holdings (and their expansion!), we are continuing to reflect and share information on the Mackintosh Building Fire and how we responded as an archive. It is fortunate that large disasters such as fires and flood are quite rare occurrences […]

Recently the GSA Archives launched a new project site (see blog post here) that is dedicated to providing up to date information on the different projects that are currently ongoing. One of these projects, New Wave: Materials, Methods and Media, Glasgow School of Art 1970-1986, has recently released the first of several podcasts, Episode 01 First Things First. […]

Over the years the GSA Archives and Collections Centre has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from: the digitisation of the GSA Magazine (four volumes of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries); the cataloguing and preservation of our extensive Gillespie, Kidd & Coia archive; to a recent project undertaken by researcher […]

Continuing with her research of the GSA WWI Roll of Honour, Maja Shand provides a fascinating insight into the life of one of the artists listed.  In my previous post I wrote about GSA’s early 20th century Canadian émigrés, many of whom were instrumental in establishing major Canadian art schools, galleries, and architects’ practices of […]

A newly launched transcription tool from Tate and Zooniverse, AnnoTate invites the public to help decipher the writing found in over 17, 000 artists’ letters, diaries and sketchbooks. Working in an art archive, I have the delight of handling and working with a vast array of artworks ranging from paintings, to ceramics, to textiles and […]

As I am sure all art lovers will know, the Turner Prize has finally arrived at Glasgow! An art award, the Turner Prize was set up in 1984 to celebrate developments in contemporary art and each year it is awarded to a ‘Britsh artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their […]

Our Mackintosh Curator Peter Trowles, looks at the work of GSA alumna Dorothy Doddrell on the GSA Roll of Honour and other war memorials. Although the awarding of a recent grant from the War Memorials Trust guaranteed the restoration of GSA’s First World War Roll of Honour in time for the centenary of the Great […]

Our Skills for the Future Trainee, Maja Shand continues with her research into the First World War and traces some of our GSA Alumni to Canada. Two years after Canada was founded in 1867, the country’s newly formed government introduced an immigration policy that was designed to encourage Northern Europeans – particularly those with agricultural […]

For those regular readers of the blog, you will know that today is the beginning of a two day conference on Material Culture and its study here at the Glasgow School of Art. As part of this conference the exhibition curated by Debi Banerjee and Susannah Waters, Art School in Action is now open! Alongside the […]

The study of material culture can be defined as the study through artefacts of the values, beliefs and ideas of a particular society or community at any point in time, or as ‘the study of human social and environmental relationships through the evidence of people’s construction of their material world’. This study encompasses all walks […]

This Monday 7th the exhibition, Art School in Action (1970-1986), curated by our own Debi Banerjee and Susannah Waters with partial funding from the Design History Society, is opening in The Vic, in the Project Space on the ground floor. Looking at the approaches to teaching at Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s and 1980s, the […]

Our introductions to individuals in our Archives and Collections continues today as we look at the life and work of Scottish artist Joan Eardley. Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (1921-1963) is described by Cordelia Oliver as ‘a big, sturdily attractive, dark girl with bright black eyes, [with] a friendly smile’ who made her appearance at the […]

Posters as a form of graphic design are unique as one of the few genres of art that is created explicitly to be stuck on a wall. Inherently linked to the everyday, you will have seen and absorbed more posters in your life than any other form of visual art. While the concept of a […]

For all you avid readers of the GSA Archives blog and users of the Archives and Collections, you will know that the items and records we collect relate to students, staff and individuals who have been associated in some way with the School. A considerable number of our collections, archives and individual items come from […]

The Archives and Collections are pleased to introduce one of our most recent acquisitions, an artwork by renowned artist Steven Campbell. Fake Ophelia, a large collage on canvas was created in 1991. It was to form part of an exhibition called Pinocchio’s Present at The Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh just a few years later […]

Our Volunteer Emma Carey talks a little about her project transcribing our archivist Susannah Water’s interview with artist Conrad McKenna. I have embarked on a volunteer project relating to Conrad McKenna, a former student and teacher at The Glasgow School of Art, active from 1939 to 1984. You may have already read about his deposited […]

Karen Harkness, our digitisation volunteer and recent GSA graduate, explains what she has learnt about The Glasgow School of Art and notes some of the work that she’s been doing as part of GSA’s Archives and Collections Recovery Project. A current project to digitise photographs in GSA’s archive collections has uncovered interesting images of past […]

Previous GSA Alumnus and staff member Duncan Shanks currently has an exhibition of his sketchbooks on display at The Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow. Celebrating Shank’s generous gift of his entire output of sketchbooks from the past 55 years to the University of Glasgow, this exhibition puts 30 of these books on display […]

If you have not yet heard, this year Britain marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, an important document in our history that has become an international symbol of liberty. Created in 1215 the Magna Carta – or Great Charter – was an agreement made to try and keep the peace between the unpopular […]

Cat Doyle, another of our volunteers, details some of her work on the GSA’s Poster Collection, and explains why she has started to become ever so slightly envious… My role in the post-fire recovery project with The Glasgow School of Art is to enhance the digital descriptions of each of the 282 posters in the […]

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will always be remembered as one of the most successful Games ever. Glasgow as a city came together in a flurry of activities that engaged and inspired the whole country while celebrating some of the best sporting talent in the Commonwealth. In the 84 year history of the Commonwealth Games, […]

Alex Singerman, one of our volunteers provides a unique insight into his work clearing copyright. Launched in December last year, the Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections’ online catalogue is an invaluable resource that gives people the opportunity to explore the collection. Not only can you find out about what’s in the Archive, you can […]

Those of you who are eagerly following the progress of the new V&A Dundee will no doubt have noticed the recent announcement confirming that the V&A will have a restored Charles Rennie Mackintosh interior as one of its central exhibits when it opens in 2018. The Dundee V&A Team have joined forces with our local […]

From 19 June – 22 November the National Museums Scotland is exhibiting Photography: A Victorian Sensation. This exhibitions looks at the pioneers of photography and how the Victorian craze for photographs has effected and transformed the way that we capture images today. Showing off the amazing collections that the National Museums Scotland holds this exhibition includes examples […]

Last week the British Film Institute (BFI) launched a new project, Britain on Film, an archive-based initiative that has resulted in the digitisation of thousands of unseen films from across the UK. These films consist of film and TV titles, footage from British families and the work of amateur film-makers from areas all across the […]

Our Skills for the Future Trainee, Maja, gives us an insight into women on the GSA’s Roll of Honour who were part of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. Although the majority of the women on GSA’s First World War Roll of Honour worked as auxiliary nurses and orderlies for the British Red Cross, Greenock-born, GSA graduate […]

Today we celebrate a recent acquisition in the archive of a fire screen attributed to the notable Glasgow Girl, Ann Macbeth. This object was generously donated by Angus Mitchell and is a wonderful example of Macbeth’s work.   Often noted as Jessie Newbery’s most talented student, Ann Macbeth has played a key role in the […]

I know you have all been eagerly awaiting the next Tutorial Tuesday, and today’s will be very useful for all those researchers out there. This week the GSA Archives and Collections proudly presents ‘How To Use Our Research Guides’:

Trails and Tales is an exciting 3 year project supported by the East Dumbartonshire Council, Creative Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, that looks to engage artists with different communities to explore local history and heritage. Working across 11 towns and villages this project aims to undertake a series of events that will generate research, […]

Recently the Scottish Council on Archives (@ScotsArchives) released Issue 33 of their Broadsheet magazine that provides news, interviews and feature articles about the Archive sector in Scotland and beyond. In this issue there is an article by our very own Michelle Kaye and Susannah Waters, Road to Recovery: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections. […]

Our Skills for the Future Trainee, Maja Shand, describes her first two months, the research she has been doing and what we can look forward to in the coming months! For the past two months research has been underway into the staff and alumni listed on GSA’s ‘Roll of Honour’, a war memorial commissioned by […]

In the last couple of months many of you may have discerned a notable subject pattern to our recent blog posts. From the recent Looking at MOB Fashion, Go on, Have a Pringle to Inventors of Tradition – Part 2 we have recently been looking at fashion and the role of the textile industry in Scottish history; and today is […]

The Scottish Council on Archives is currently accepting applications for 6 traineeships (51 weeks/£14, 500) for the Skills for the Future project, Opening Up Scotland’s Archives. These opportunities are based at different heritage institutions across the UK, these are as follows: Falkirk Community Trust – Digitisation Trainee Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow City Archives – […]

What is MOB? Well you may be surprised as MOB is a person, fashion illustrator and commercial artist Margaret Oliver Brown. In the GSA Archives we hold the fashion illustrations and associated press cuttings by Brown, including her MOB-servations column where she would provide comments on the current fashion trends, the rise of the ‘woman bachelor’ […]

This week the GSA Archives are looking at some recently discovered materials that cross the boundaries between science and art in celebration of this, the last week of the Glasgow Science Festival! Recently we have been fortunate enough to receive a number of materials from a previous staff member of the school, one Mr Ted […]

Fully Fashioned is the current exhibition of Scottish textile and clothing company Pringle, at the National Museum of Scotland. Celebrating Pringle’s 200th anniversary this exhibition takes a look at the company, the clothing it has produced over the years, and the influence it has had on the fashion world. As recently discussed in our Inventors […]

This week sees the arrival of the UK’s Volunteers’ week running from 1-7 June. An annual event this week gives organisation’s across the UK the opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by millions of volunteers. Run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now and Wales Council for Voluntary Action, the Volunteers’ Week Pinterest […]

While it is true that the majority of our archive materials are off-site, the team here in the GSA Archives are always looking for items that further enhance our collections. As an art archive we look to collect items that relate to either the history or development of teaching at the School, or those pieces that […]

How are needlework and war related? Well, that depends on your context. Today we are looking at our new Pinterest display, showing the records that the GSA Archives and Library hold relating to the women’s fundraising efforts in World War I. During last year, the centenary of the First World War, we created a display […]

That is right, another Tutorial Tuesday has arrived! This week we are looking at ways of accessing the GSA Archives and Collections, for those artists or researchers who do not have a specific point of enquiry in mind. Today we present, ‘Browsing by Date’.

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the fire in the Mackintosh Building on the 23rd May 2014. While this was a tragic event in the school’s history, there are still things that should be noted and celebrated at this time, mainly: 1) nobody was hurt; 2) the majority of the school’s Archives and Collections survived; and 3) […]

It is time for another archive recovery report! At the moment our collections and archives remain in deep storage as we attempt to organise a suitable office where our services can re-open and the recovery of the collection can take place. Despite this, our lovely conservator has ventured in to see our collections in storage […]

Recently on the blog we discussed the work of the MoRE Museum, a digital repository and exhibition space for artistic work from the 20th and 21st century. Today we are looking at ‘Digitizing Ideas’, a digital archive of conceptual and neo-avantgarde art practices. While MoRE Museum recognised the value of storing and displaying the process […]

  The Inventors of Tradition II is currently on show at the Palace of Art, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow. Created by Atelier E.B and Panel, the exhibition is presented as a series of abstract domestic spaces that supply a contextual framework for understanding the process and creation of the new fashion collection available to buy off […]

When conducting research in an archive it is often necessary to have a specific field of enquiry prepared. This might be a particular person, a specific period in history, or a combination of information that will allow the archivist to hone in on materials that might potentially be useful to the user. This is because […]

The Month of May is bringing some exciting events to the UK as this week heralds the Museums at Night Festival! A biannual UK-wide event, the first part of this festival begins this week on Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 May and then returns on Friday 30 – Saturday 31 October, and aims to attract […]

“MoRE is a digital museum that collects, preserves and exhibits online refused and unrealised art projects of the 20th and 21st century” Archives are unique from both library and museums in that they collect and bring together items that provide evidence of an individual’s or organisation’s actions. As these items are selected for permanent – […]

Master and Slave clocks were an innovation in their time that allowed a series of clocks to be accurate and in sync. This system consisted of a single precision master clock that would provide timing signals to synchronise a series of slave clocks as part of a network. These series of electric clocks were connected […]

Our volunteer Emma Cameron highlights some of the findings of her research and introduces the new library display of illuminated manuscripts that she put together as part of her placement here at the archive. The GSA Archives recently catalogued a group of 15th century illuminated manuscript pages and fragments in our collection. At first unsure […]

Last year in August, Glasgow’s favourite rugby team, the Glasgow Warriors unveiled its new team uniform. For those of you who have not yet realised or did not know, this new uniform takes inspiration from the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh! Looking to represent Glasgow and the unique Glasgow style, the Glasgow Warriors made contact […]

Since the release of our new online catalogue we have been working in the archive to think of ways of highlighting some of its features to new users, and at last! We have arrived at a solution. To celebrate the catalogue’s release we will be producing a series of short videos that explain different functions […]

Emma Cameron, one of our volunteers from the Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow, reflects on some of the work she has been doing with GSA Archives and Collections. The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections Centre holds a large collection of teaching aids which were used as resources for students from […]

Archives look to preserve records and objects in perpetuity so that the information they hold can be accessed and used by people for research, interest and pleasure! We are of course, no exception. To help highlight some of the items and subjects that are tucked away in our archives we curate exhibitions that look at […]

Polly Christie, our new project officer for the Archives & Collections Recovery reflects on what we have been busy with since the fire, and what we intend to do here at the GSA Archives and Collections to restore the archives to their former glory! As you know, we have been busy since the fire last […]

Last weekend the Scottish artist and teacher Jack Knox sadly passed away, aged 79. Jack was born in 1936 and studied here at the Glasgow School of Art under William Armour and David Donaldson, and later on with the artist Andre L’hote in Paris. In 1905 he joined the staff of Duncan of Jordanstone College […]

The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections looks to collect items and materials not only from artists from the School – see our online catalogue for the many, many items we hold – but also current societies and groups that are involved in student and staff life. This includes the Student Representative Council! The SRC […]

  Maja joined the GSA Archives and Collections team last week as our new Skills for the Future trainee (see more information on our staff here). To celebrate and reflect on her first week here at the GSA we conducted an interview with Maja to gather her thoughts so far on the GSA Archives and […]

Recently archives have started to be used and researched by artists to create new pieces of work that take inspiration from the past. A recent example might be the creation of ‘A Grain of Rice’ for the bank HSBC. These two sculptures appear as a single, giant grain of rice – making reference to HSBC […]

Recently we released our new online catalogue containing information and images on both our archival materials and object collections. Providing access to our collections and archives online has allowed both students and staff of the GSA (and external visitors) to browse and search our collections in new ways. Unlike the traditional method of visiting an archive […]

As those bunny, egg, and chocolate lovers amongst us will know, Easter Sunday is fast on the approach. With theological origins, Easter has its roots in the combination and integration of different religious practices that looked to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, the passing of the Spring equinox and the coming of brighter days and […]

As avid readers of the GSA Archives and Collections blog will know, the Feminist Chorus was a spoken word performance created by artist Lucy Reynolds in collaboration with MAP. Drawing on the collections in the Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL), the City’s Archives and the Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, a Feminist Chorus was performed […]

In 2013 the V&A employed Sophia George as Game Designer in residence – the first residency of its kind in the V&A – to come up with a game based on their vast collections. Drawing inspiration from the textile collections, Sophia created a game based on the William Morris Pattern ‘Strawberry Thief’. This game was […]

I am currently working in The Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections as part of a work placement through my MLitt programme, Technical Art History, at the University of Glasgow. My main project is to research and catalogue the School’s collection of teaching aids from the early years of The Glasgow School of Art. Teaching aids […]

With work just about to start on the restoration of the Mackintosh Building following last year’s devastating fire the task of identifying what is known about the building and how it has developed and been subtlety modified over time has never been so important. Those most closely involved with the School (chiefly its staff and students) have had the […]

The Royal Geographical Society has published a new walking tour of Glasgow as part of their Discovering Britain project. Glasgow is one of Britain’s most remarkable places, so wealthy in Victorian times that it became known as ‘the Second City of the Empire’. Its strength stemmed from heavy industry and development of the River Clyde […]

As part of the Pollokshields Heritage Lecture Series, Stafford Waters MBE will give a lecture entitled Travels in the Glasgow Style on Tuesday 17th February. Stafford Waters is an architectural and design historian who has been part of a team researching the many aspects of the Art Nouveau genre including the work of the famous […]

The Archives and Collections and GSA Enterprises are pleased to announced that The Glasgow School of Art has put some of its Mackintosh furniture back on display in a new gallery in the School’s Reid Building. The pieces, which were previously on show in the Mackintosh Room and furniture gallery in the east wing of […]

  As time passes can sketches or letters in archives make unrealised projects as tangible as those that really happened?  Inspired by the display Sculptors’ Papers from the Henry Moore Institute Archive the conversation will be chaired by Nayia Yiakoumaki, Curator Archive Gallery, with archivist Sue Breakell and artists Paul Becker and Neal White. £6.50 Book here Thursday 29 January, 7pm, in the Zilkha […]

GSA’s Roll of Honour has recently been conserved and today the BBC have included a feature about it on Reporting Scotland. The illuminated Roll of Honour was commissioned by the School to commemorate staff and students from Glasgow School of Art who served in World War One. It was designed by a former student, Dorothy Doddrell […]

Last night’s episode of Great British Railway Journeys saw host Michael Portillo stop off at The Glasgow School of Art during his journey from Greenock to Larkhall. Michael visited The Glasgow School of Art this summer, following the fire which occurred in the School’s Mackintosh Building in May. He was guided round the building by […]

  Europeana Fashion has been completely renewed. Full of beautiful and inspiration images, the redesigned look and the added features make exploring Europe’s fashion heritage an even richer experience. Recently added are a number of new features, including a curated theme section. Go to the blog to discover the new Europeana Fashion. Furthermore, for the past two years, the […]

It’s our last day before Christmas so as our gift to you all, we thought we’d share a few lovely festive images from our collections…     Click here to browse more. The Archives and Collections wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015! We close this afternoon and will be back on […]

Yesterday Tate announced the launch of the first batch of items to be made available as part of the Archives and Access project. This first batch of material includes intimate love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, unpublished images revealing Eduardo Paolozzi’s playful nature, 45 volumes of Barbara […]

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled her Christmas card for 2014, her first Christmas card as First Minister. The card features an image from our archives and collections by the late Phyllis Dodd (1899-1995), an artist who specialised in portraiture who was wife of former Glasgow School of Art director Douglas Percy Bliss (1900-1984). […]

A visit to the School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh to listen to field recordings of traditional Gaelic song inspired Return to the Voice, a new production by internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning Song of the Goat Theatre, based in Poland. Laments for death and love, working songs, story-telling songs, psalms, wedding songs, […]

What do you get if you cross a bunch of lively 10-18 year olds from Partick and Anderston with a huge pile of resources from Glasgow School of Art’s textiles collection? Sew Last Century’s fabulous digitally printed textile collection! As you may already know, GSA’s Archives and Collections has been collaborating for the past year and […]

Creating an account on our new online catalogue will allow you to save items and collections as favourites in your own dedicated area. Once you’ve set up an account, clicking on the red stars alongside descriptions will add this material to your favourites. This material will be saved in your account until your next visit. […]

Over the years we’ve found that our users, a significant proportion of whom are creative practitioners, like to browse our collections, rather than search for something specific. Many researchers come to archives with a research topic in mind, whether that be subject-based, event-based or around individuals or organisations. However they do not necessarily have a […]

One of the new features in our online catalogue is an area dedicated to the School’s history. You can browse our images by date and find out more about what the School was like during each of the six periods covered. These include 1845-1890 (the early years of the School), 1890-1918 (a time when the Glasgow […]

One of the most exciting features of our new catalogue is that it’s full to the brim with beautiful images of material from our collections. As an art school, we have been keen to make the catalogue as visual as possible, and as such have added images of material from our collections alongside the relevant catalogue entries to […]

Today we’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new website and online catalogue for our holdings. This is an exciting step for the Archives and Collections. By making our collections more accessible online, we hope to promote our magnificent holdings and facilitate the use of our archives and museum objects by both GSA staff […]

Six months on from the Mackintosh Building fire, The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections team are now able to provide more detailed information about how this event has affected the School’s extensive archives and collections. Our holdings, which comprise a wide range of material from the GSA’s institutional archive, artworks and architectural drawings, […]


Glasgow School of Art’s curator Peter Trowles, or Питер Троулес, as he is known in Russian, has recently returned from a trip to Moscow where he gave a lecture on the architecture of Mackintosh’s masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art, as part of an international Mackintosh exhibition at The Kremlin Museum. Crucially, this was first time […]

Recently the BBC have launched an exciting online project that catalogues the listings information printed in the BBC Radio Times from 1923 to 2009. Created by the BBC Archive Development in conjunction with BBC Research and Development, each page of the Radio Times since 1923 have been scanned and processed through optical character recognition systematically  to extract […]

Since the recent fire in the Mackintosh Building and the sad destruction of the Library there has been much discussion on how this space is going to be recreated. There has recently been a debate at Glasgow Queen’s Cross Church around whether this space should be ‘reinvented or restored’ and the symposium in Venice this Saturday will […]

As you may have noticed from our recent posts, we have been looking at how archives can inform future decisions and inspire new creations. To join the recent opening of the Anchor Line Restaurant that took inspiration from the University of Glasgow’s Anchor Line Ltd company archive, the BBC project Artist and Archive: Artists Moving Image […]

Used extensively in World War I, Dazzle camouflage was a unique creation that saw the marrying of art with military strategy. At the outbreak of World War I the British Navy was having trouble hiding its ships from German U-boats because there was no sure way to conceal ships on the open seas. Due to […]

Archivists are often seen as the guardians of historical collections. Over time we collect, protect and disseminate materials ranging from an organisation’s paper records, to ceramic tea sets; almost anything can fall under the gaze of an archivist. In the case of the work we do here at the Glasgow School of Art Archives and […]

Doris Grant (nee Cruikshank) was a student at The Glasgow School of Art in the 1920s. She won a scholarship to study in Rome before being forced to leave the school upon her engagement. She also had a very unique claim to fame. After art school, Doris Grant went on to become a nutritionist and during World War II […]

The Mackintosh Building has always hosted a number of plaster casts comprising human figures, architectural fragments, plaster reliefs, plaster friezes, marble reliefs, tondos and busts. These figures have occupied the halls of the Mack from the late 19th century onwards. Used as teaching aids the casts are generally based on classical statuary and were sourced […]

Today the Scottish Council on Archives is launching an exciting new training scheme Opening up Scotland’s Archives in Edinburgh, Dundee, East Lothian and our very own Glasgow. The institutions involved are: Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow City Archives/Glasgow Life Glasgow City Archives/Glasgow Life University of Dundee’s Archive Services University of Glasgow Archives Edinburgh University’s Centre […]

Although the fire has meant that the Archives and Collections office is currently closed to visitors, we are still happily pursuing a broad collection that shows the work of students and the school across its life span. This year, to this end, the school approved new funding to enable the purchase of work from graduating […]

We have covered paper and are now onto our wonderful textile collection. The textile collection spans from the 16th century till present day and contains a diverse selection of works including woven samples from Donald Brothers Ltd., work by Robert Stewart, Kath Whyte, Fraser Taylor and many more. These collections suffered no direct damage from the fire, […]

When: Wed 30 July 2014, 12.30-1pm Where: Reid Gallery, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RF Free Admission, no booking necessary Next week Glasgow School of Art’s Exhibitions Director, Jenny Brownrigg and Archivist, Susannah Waters will be giving a lunchtime talk about Graham Fagen’s GENERATION project at The Glasgow […]

As promised we have an update on what has been happening with our collections, starting with our paper based archives. Here at the GSA we have a variety of paper archives and art work on paper. These include over 2000 boxes of records created by the school and its students and staff, such as the […]

  It has been a while since we have blogged after the sad incident on the 23rd May, we have been busy here at the Archives and Collections Centre in the process of removing, assessing and consolidating our collections to see exactly what the impact has been. We now have a firmer picture of exactly […]

You all will have seen in the news the sad events of Friday 23rd May where a fire broke out in the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building. Sadly the iconic Mackintosh Library was lost during this fire. The archives and collections have also suffered some damage, however the bulk of our holdings are fine […]

To celebrate the centenary of Norman McLaren a number of exhibitions, workshops and events are being held as part of the McLaren 2014 festival. One such event was a performance of the short films Seven Till Five, which documents a day’s activities in the art school, Camera Makes Whoopee – an amusing account the preparation and event of a student […]

We were recently contacted by a relative of Glasgow School of Art alumnus Fred Pollock, who was a student at the School in the 1950s. Ronan Pollock (Fred’s son) very kindly sent us a link to a short documentary film he has made about his father called Portrait of an Abstract Artist. The documentary gives an insight into the […]

Coming soon to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow an evening with Hugh Buchanan ‘Words and Deeds’. Hugh Buchanan is an artist that has worked on commissions for the House of Commons, National Trust and Prince of Wales and is coming to Glasgow as part of the Festival of Museums to discuss his interest […]

Now that the Reid Building has opened, architects, and the public alike, will finally get a chance to look inside the building and see whether or not this space works as an art school. At the recent screening of ‘Facing Up to Mackintosh’ a discussion between Stuart MacDonald and David Reid highlighted the need to examine the […]

This Wednesday the Reid Building officially joined the GSA campus with much celebration and fanfare. Built over the course of two years the construction has been watched with much anticipation. Now that it is complete it presents the Mackintosh Building in sharp relief and sits proudly on top of Garnethill, providing excellent views of its […]

One film, two sound works & one performance across three Glasgow venues from 4 to 21 April 2014 Adding a communal voice to Glasgow’s feminist history, ‘A Feminist Chorus’ is created by Lucy Reynolds in collaboration with MAP. Reynolds is interested in the collective power of the Women’s Movement, (with Greenham Common as the subject of her film installation […]

The Italian luxury brand Gucci, now over 90 years old, has just launched a new website,, bringing the experience of visiting Florence’s real Gucci Museum to an online audience. There is also an app version. The brainchild of Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini, the real Museo in Florence is home to permanent and temporary […]

An anatomy drawing by Gerard Murphy currently on display in GSA Library caught the eye of one of GSA’s Continuing Education tutors. Inspired by what was on display she and a few others made an appointment to view his other anatomy drawings and his life drawings. Gerard Murphy was a student at Glasgow School of […]

At the beginning of this week the Crouching Venus from GSA’s plaster cast collection was transported over to The Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow for their ‘Picturing Venus’ exhibition (9 March – 29 June 2014). Whilst a seemingly simple task, enormous care had to be taken whilst transporting the piece between the […]

Presenting seven of Scotland’s creative artists as you’ve never seen them before… Traditional musicians and composers Amble Skuse, Ailie Robertson and Mike Vass have teamed up with writers Angus Peter Campbell, Sophie Cooke, Rebecca Sharp and Charlotte Murray to create new works of music and words inspired by the archive of Scottish cultural treasures, The […]

The BBC has chosen the six Scottish moving image artists who will be given access to explore the BBC archives in order to create their own artworks inspired by classic and lesser-known BBC programmes from throughout its history. The selected artists are Kate Davis, Kathryn Elkin, Turner Prize-nominated Luke Fowler, Torsten Lauschmann, Alia Sayed and Stephen […]

On the 14th March, the CCA will welcome South London based artist, curator and educator Barby Asante to share her investigation into the black music history of South London. Commissioned by Peckham Space, the ‘open archive’ is comprised of conversations and memorabilia, celebrating seminal moments alongside personal stories. This is the first in a series of events […]

In recent months the west facade of the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) has been covered with scaffolding signalling on-going repairs to the iconic library windows. Costing in the region of £300,000, the work was grant aided by Historic Scotland with further support from the J Paul Getty Jr. Charitable Trust. The […]

Who: Stoddard Templeton Job: Carpet Manufacturers Where: West of Scotland When: 1839 – 2005 Archive: Stoddard Design Library and Archives & Collections Centre, The Glasgow School of Art Stoddard Templeton denotes a group of carpet manufacturing companies based in the West of Scotland, the foundations of which can be traced to the 1800s with the formation of James Templeton & […]

For my placement for my MSc in Museum Studies at The University of Glasgow I am working to improve the catalogue entries for the cast collection at The Glasgow School of Art.  This information will form a record of what the School possesses, and will also be added to a new online catalogue, due to […]

Two works from our collection, The Two Roberts by Ian Fleming and Interested and Disinterested by John Laurie, will be on display as part of a new exhibition on Robert Colquhoun at The Dick Institute in Kilmarnock. Comprising works from the East Ayrshire collection and loans from collectors and institutions across the UK, including GSA’s Archives […]

You may have noticed a couple of new displays in GSA Library over the last few weeks. While one of these displays, the one on Level 1, is devoted to Anatomy, GSA Archives and Collections and Library staff have dedicated the other on Level 2 to Talwin Morris, Bookbinder. Talwin Morris (1865-1911) is an important figure in […]

You may have noticed a couple of new displays in GSA Library over the last few weeks. While one of these displays, the one on Level 2, is devoted to Talwin Morris and bookbinding, GSA Archives and Collections and Library staff have dedicated the other to anatomy. Anatomy drawing has historically formed an important part of art […]

We are pleased to announce that Clare Henry, former art critic for the Herald, has donated her archive to the Glasgow School of Art. The Glasgow Herald’s art critic for 20 years is now based in New York where she writes for the FT and a range of US and UK magazines. Clare Henry has […]

The current issue of Broadsheet, the Scottish Council on Archives journal, features an article on the Glasgow Miracle project. To read the article, click here: Broadsheet, Issue 28 (the article is on pages 15-16). For more from the Scottish Council on Archives, visit their website. And to find out about the Glasgow Miracle project visit the project […]

Who: Donald Brothers Collection Job: Conservator Where: Galashiels When: 2011 Archive: Heriot-Watt University Heritage and Information Governance Heritage and Information Governance at Heriot-Watt University has just completed the first stage of a large project to conserve, rehouse and photograph the large fabric samples from Dundee firm Donald Brothers. Donald Brothers was one of the leading Scottish firms designing and manufacturing furnishing fabrics in […]

We’ve just added some more user case studies to our website so you can find out about how various types of researchers have been using the Archives and Collections Centre. In these new case studies Helena Britt discusses her research for the recent Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005 project which resulted […]

Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s A-listed St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, thought by some to be a landmark example of Modernist architecture, has been awarded £565,000 of Heritage Lottery funding. The Heritage Lottery Fund award will allow NVA to develop plans to restore St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. However NVA will still need to raise a […]