Kingston School of Art Archives

Scope and Content

Documents relating to Kingston School of Art (later Kingston College of Art, which merged with Kingston Technical College to form Kingston Polytechnic in 1970). The Collection includes minute books; scrap books containing press cuttings, exhibition invitations and leaflets; prospectuses; correspondence and other administrative documents and items relating to exhibitions and fashion shows.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kingston School of Art (later Kingston College of Art) was originally part of Kingston Technical Institute, but formed as a separate institution in 1930. The College moved into its own campus in the Knight's Park area of Kingston in 1939. The School continued to grow in the subsequent years, teaching a number of design related subjects including Fashion and Architecture. In 1970 Kingston College of Art merged with Kingston College of Technology to form Kingston Polytechnic. The former College's site is now the University's Knights Park Campus.


Original order

Access Information

Open to researchers by appointment- please email Appointments typically offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am - 4.30pm. For more information on Kingston University Archives and Special Collections please see our website at

Other Finding Aids

Also see our archives catalogue here

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The press cuttings and meeting minutes volumes are in very poor condition, careful handling required.

Conditions Governing Use

Many items in the collection can not be copied from due to their physical condition or copyright law. Please send all copying enquiries to the Archive at

Custodial History

Transferred from Kingston University library.

Related Material

Other papers relating to Kingston School of Art are held in the Archive under reference KUAS44. It is unclear whether the two collections were originally held together or not.

Records relating to the school of Architecture can be found in KUAS45, KUAS46 and KUAS150.