UAL has been awarded £40,000 each year for five years, making a total of £200,000 to open up our archives and special collections centre services to a wider higher education research community.

UAL, alongside institutions such as the Ashmolean Museum, Courtauld and many other high profile institutions, is one of 33 university museums, galleries and collections to receive funding from the £10.7 million to be invested by Hefce annually over the next five years.

Pat Christie, Director of Libraries and Academic Support Services, University of the Arts London, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding. It recognises the excellent work the University Archives and Special Collections Centre already does to support the wider research community and enables us to develop this offer further over the next five years.”

The funding announced today, recognises the substantial extra cost incurred by universities supporting museums and galleries which provide significant services to the higher education research community.

Diane Lees CBE, Chair of Hefce Review Panel and Director General of the Imperial War Museums, said:

“We are very pleased that Hefce has continued to provide this invaluable support to university museums, galleries and collections. As a panel, we found a truly inspiring array of case studies that demonstrated the range of research that university museums, galleries and collections carry out.”

UAL houses more than seventeen archives and collections with particular strengths in film-making, printing history and graphic design. From fashion and theatre design to textitle and illustration, the UAL collections reflect the diversity of visual arts from the 1400s until the present day.

The collections contain artefacts such as film scripts from 2001: A Space Odyssey, props and costumes from The Shining. Other collections include the Tom Eckersley Collection of printed posters representing his commissions for major companies, magazine covers, and original artwork (some of which can be seen below).

Tours of the archives

Tour of Archives and Special Collections at London College of Communications, UAL