The Slade has an extensive archive collection dating from the foundation of the school in 1871, including papers, photographs, class lists, student records, artworks and artefacts. The archive collections, comprising materials held in UCL Records Office and UCL Library Archives and Special Collections, and UCL Art Museum, provide a rich body of material for understanding the changing artistic and educational practices of staff and students.
The Slade Archive Project is centred on facilitating the exploration and development of the Slade’s rich collection of institutional records. Through an initial collaboration with UCL Centre for Digital Humanities we have been exploring ways in which this underused collection can be made more accessible and generate new knowledge – through research projects, online resources, oral histories, cataloguing projects, public events and publications.
During the project’s scoping phase (2012-2016), a number of online platforms were trialled with a particular focus on unearthing and tracing the multiple histories of the school and its former staff and students, both nationally and transnationally. We also initiated a series of scoping and cataloguing projects. The second phase of the project (2018-2021) looks forward to the school’s 150th anniversary in 2021 in partnership with UCL Department of Information Studies, UCL Library Special Collections and Records Office and UCL Culture.
To date, the Slade Archive Project has been funded by a UCL Arts & Humanities Small Research Grant, a UCL Grand Challenges (Small) Grant, The Andor Charitable Trust.