The Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections illustrate the history of the institution and the development of its teaching practices since it was established as a UK Government School of Design in 1845. The archive comprises documentation about life at the School from 1845 to the present day and includes correspondence, photographs, ephemera, student records, minute books and reports which provide an insight into GSA’s people, buildings and activities. It still holds many of the items that were acquired as teaching tools in the School’s early period, including plaster casts, ceramics and metalwork. It also holds a range of artworks, architectural drawings, design work and archive material relating to former students and staff.
The “Live” online zoom sessions that the archive held with students from the course enabled fascinating conversations about the objects in real life to unfold in the online learning environment.