Loughborough College of Art & Design Records

Scope and Content

Minutes of Governors 1962-97; prospectus 1966- ; course handbooks 1993-95 ; exhibition, event and degree show catalogues 1995- ; CNAA institutional review 1987-90; registers of students 1957-88 (for art students 1911-57 see GB 1176 LC Loughborough College Records)

Administrative / Biographical History

Evening art classes (later known as the School of Art) were established in Loughborough in 1891. Over time the emphasis of the School was broadened to embrace a more craft based element and in 1909 it was integrated into the newly created Loughborough Technical Institute. It existed as a department of Loughborough College under various names (Art Department, Day School of Art, School of Industrial and Fine Art, Department of Industrial and Fine Art, School of Art, School of Arts & Crafts), until 1952 (in 1925 a Junior College of Art was also opened offering three year full time courses to children over the age of twelve). In 1951 the School became Loughborough College of Art and the following year it was one of the four constituent parts of Loughborough College that were split into separate institutions. It continued to be maintained by Leicestershire County Council. The College of Art & Design was threatened with closure in 1986 but survived and in 1989 became an independent Higher Education Institution, with administrative assistance from Loughborough University of Technology. In 1994 the University became responsible for validating College programmes and in 1998 the two institutions were merged, with the College becoming Loughborough University School of Art & Design. Three-quarters of the old Loughborough College had now been reunited.


Arranged into series derived from the main areas of function and administration

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Loughborough University

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in the searchroom

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jenny Clark, University Archivist. See: The History of Loughborough College 1915-52 (Past Students' Association, Loughborough College, 1957);L M Cantor & G F Matthews, Loughborough: From College to University (Loughborough University of Technology, 1977); L M Cantor, Loughborough University of Technology: Past and Present (Loughborough University of Technology, 1990); L Cantor, Loughborough University, The First Forty Years (Loughborough University, 2006); Clive D Edwards, Striving for Excellence: Art & Design Education in Loughborough (1893-1998) (Loughborough University School of Art & Design, 1998)

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made for research purposes at the discretion of the University Archivist. Requests to publish, in extract or in full, should be submitted to the University Archivist

Related Material

GB1176 LC (Loughborough College 1909-52)
GB 1176 LUT (Loughborough University 1966- )