23rd May 2014

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There was a fire in the west wing of the Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on the 23rd May 2014, which unfortunately affected Glasgow School of Art's archives and collections.

Since this date, staff have been working to assess and stabilise affected material. The majority of our paper archives and artworks on paper (including 100 works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh) were unharmed by the fire. A small percentage of the archives suffered water damage but these items have either been air dried or frozen and are now stabilised. Our textile collections suffered water damage but have now been air dried and stabilised and our plaster casts have suffered smoke damage and some water damage.

Sadly some items from the School's Archives and Collections were lost. Items from our Mackintosh furniture collection which were in use in the Mackintosh Library or held in the store above this space were either destroyed or very badly damaged by the fire. Fragments of furniture and fittings are already being recovered from the Mackintosh Library as part of the forensic archaeology work currently underway.

Many of our most important pieces were on display in the Furniture Gallery and Mackintosh Room in the east wing of the building and were therefore unaffected by the fire. In January 2015 some of these pieces were brought out of storage and returned to public view in a new furniture gallery in the School's Reid Building. The public will be able to visit this gallery as part of an organised tour led by one of the GSA's student guides.

Almost all the oil paintings on canvas in the School's collection were stored above the Library and were therefore also sadly destroyed. All of the surviving material is now stable and secure and will be reviewed by expert conservators as part of a recovery programme which will take place over the next three years.

We will continue to update users on our recovery.

We have decided to include descriptions and images of material lost in the fire on our online catalogue. Although the items no longer exist, their descriptions still provide useful contextual information for researchers, such as titles, dates, custodial histories, related material etc. The images are also a useful resource, providing vital surrogates for users.

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A Cord, Walberswick

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. The Ferry on the River Blyth, Walberswick, Suffolk. The subject is the ferry at Walberswick in Suffolk where Newbery and his family spent many...

Newbery, Francis Henry

Angel

  • PC/201
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. Small statue of angel, original wings lost.

Not available / given

Anna

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. Portrait of the artist's wife.

Laurie, John

Armchair

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. Painted white wood with inlaid metals and wood.

Birch & Co

Bedside table for Windyhill

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. Table designed for Windyhill, Kilmacolm, possibly later than 1901. Identical to a white table (collection: Hunterian Art Gallery) but dark sta...

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Berlin Adorante

  • PC/020
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. Also know as 'Youth Supplian' or 'Praying Boy'.

Carpet for The Hill House

Commissioned by Walter Blackie, the carpet was designed for the entrance hall at The Hill House in Helensburgh. This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. In 1986 a reproduction of the ...

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Chair

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. For the Luncheon Room, Buchanan Street Tearooms, Glasgow.

Walton, George Henry

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