Portraits of Staff and Governors, Leicester Polytechnic and Predecessors

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

18 bronze sculpted relief portraits of notable staff and governors of the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art School and its successors Leicester College of Art, Leicester College of Technology, and Leicester Polytechnic. The portraits are set into wooden mounts for display. The portraits include chairmen and members of committees including Edwin Clephan, Thomas Windley, George Cresswell Turner, Ebenzer Hancock, Sidney Ansell Gimson, James King Kelly, Walter Oram and Charles Robert Keene; Headmasters of Leicester School of Art Albert Robets and Benjamin Fletcher; Principals of the Leicester College of Art George Ingles and Kenneth Holmes; Headmaster of the Leicester Municipal Technical School John Hawthorn; and Principal of the Leicester College of Technology and Commerce Lawrence Kershaw.

Administrative / Biographical History

These plaques appear to have been commissioned by the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art School to commemorate worthy staff and governors. They hung in the Committee Room in the Hawthorn Building. Commissioning the pieces seems to have become a tradition that was continued until the Leicester Polytechnic days. The works were completed by artists connected to the Art School.

Conditions Governing Access

Open and available for access. External researchers are advised to contact the Archivist for an appointment.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Katharine Short, Archivist, May 2015.

Conditions Governing Use

Photographs may be taken for private research purposes only.

Related Material

D/035 contains portrait photographs of important staff and governors, including many of the same individuals.