Photographs of staff and governors, Leicester School of Art and successors

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Album featuring portrait photographs of staff and governors from the Leicester School of Art, Leicester Technical School, Leicester Municipal Technical and Art School and Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology. Many of the individuals were prominent in the society, industry and local government of Leicester. The photographs are captioned.

Individuals featured include:

  • Alfred Paget, Chairman of the Leicester School of Art Committee, 1882-83 and 1888-90, President of Leicester School of Art, 1887-92;
  • W. Tertius Rowlett, Chairman of the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art Schools Committee, 1898-1900;
  • Samuel Faire, Chairman of the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art Schools Committee, 1899-1902;
  • Councillor G. Creswell Turner, Chairman of the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art Schools Committee, 1902-1904;
  • Edwin Clephan, President of the Leicester School of Art, 1893-95, Chairman of the Leicester School of Art Committee, 1895-97;
  • Councillor S. Squire, Chairman of the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art Schools Committee, 1907-1911;
  • Councillor James K. Kelly, Chairman of the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art Schools Committee, 1912-1923;
  • Augustus Spencer, Headmaster, 1888-99;
  • Wilmot Pilsbury, Headmaster, 1870-80;
  • Joseph Goddard, member of the Committee of the College, 1873-99;
  • George H. Hodges, member of the Committee of the College, 1872-1902;
  • Alderman William Kempson, mayor, member of the Committee of the College, 1873-92;
  • Alfred H. Paget, co-optative member of the Committee of the College, 1903-08;
  • Alderman George Stevenson, member of the Committee of the College, 1870-1895;
  • Sir Israel Hart, mayor, member of the Committee 1884-87 and 1893-94;
  • Sir Thomas Wright, mayor, member of the Committee of the College, 1887-1902;
  • Alderman Thomas Windley, member of the College Committee, 1892-1932;
  • J.B. Everard, member of the Committee of the College, 1881-97;
  • Alderman Samuel Flint, member of the Committee of the College, 1891-95;
  • Alderman Sir Edward Wood, member of the Committee of the College, 1891-97;
  • Alderman Sir Jonathan North, member of the Committee of the College, 1902-39;
  • Joseph Harrison, Headmaster, 1882-88;
  • Benjamin J. Fletcher, Principal, 1900-20;
  • A.T. Roberts, Principal, 1920-23;
  • Councillor Walter Oram, member of the Committee of the College from 1922, Chairman, 1923-27;
  • Councillor Dr. A.T. Coleman, member of the Committee of the College, 1924-27;
  • John Platt, Principal, 1923-29;
  • Sidney Ansell Gimson, member of the Committee of the College from 1910, Vice-Chairman, 1915-30;
  • Miss [Annie] Clephan, member of the Committee of the College, 1907-29;
  • G.S. Ingles, Principal, 1929-34;
  • W.H. Lead, Chairman of the Printing Advisory Committee, 1928-29;
  • Councillor C.R. Keene, Chairman of the Committee of the College from 1927;
  • Kenneth Holmes, Principal, 1934-1956.

Also, photograph of presentation of casket to Alderman C.R. Keene on completion of 30 years as Chairman of College Governors, 1927-1957, including Principals E.E. Pullée and R.E. Wood, and Councillor A.H.W. Kimberlin; and photograph of a portrait of C.R. Keene painted by D.P. Carrington, 1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Leicester School of Art, founded in 1870, and the Leicester Technical School merged in 1897 to form the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art School, managed by the Education Committee of the Town Council. In 1919 the School was restructured and renamed the City of Leicester School of Arts and Crafts, and the City of Leicester Technical School. In 1925 these were renamed to the City of Leicester College of Arts and Crafts and the City of Leicester College of Technology; while in 1929 they reached their final version as the Leicester College of Art and the Leicester College of Technology. The two Colleges were never entirely separate, sharing building space and run by the same Committee, although they had separate principals and staff. In 1969 they re-merged to form the City of Leicester Polytechnic, which itself became De Montfort University in 1992.

This photograph album appears to have been compiled over a number of years up to 1939, with additions in 1957. It was presumably made by staff at the Colleges, and was bound by bookbinding students at the College of Art and Crafts.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for general access. External researchers are advised to contact the Archivist for an appointment.

Acquisition Information

Part of the institutional archive of the university.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Katharine Short, Archivist, July 2013.

Conditions Governing Use

Photography is permitted subject to condition of the volume, and for private research purposes only.