The UAL Institutional Archive spans the existence of The London Institute and the University of the Arts London from the mid-1980s until the present day. The collection focuses on the functions and operations of the University at an institutional level. The Archive was brought together as a result of the Institutional Memory Project, an initiative which ran between October 2015 and August 2016 in order to survey, assess and collect records that told the story of the establishment and development of the institution.
The archive holds material concerning: the formation and governance of The London Institute under the aegis of the Inner London Education Authority; the Institute's change to incorporated status; and the transfer to university status as the University of the Arts London. It also records details of school and college mergers, as well as institutional and academic developments.
The archive includes material that documents staff and student experience, including: marketing material, internal newsletters, student publications, course handbooks, prospectuses and research journals.
The UAL Institutional Archive also includes a large collection of estates plans which depict institutional holdings dating back to the early twentieth century. Around a hundred of these have been digitised and are accessible, however the majority are in need of extensive conservation treatment.
The collection of UAL's institutional memory ran parallel to an ongoing programme of oral history recordings to capture the memories and experiences of both key decision-makers and long-serving academic, technical and operational staff. These have also been catalogued as part of the UAL Archive.