UH Arts + Culture and St Albans Museum + Gallery are thrilled to present Living Memories of St Albans School of Art, a project that invites people with memories of the art school to share their stories.

Bringing together alumni, students and staff, as well as relations of those who were part of the school’s community, the project collects memories of their time at the art school to explore the school’s history and its place in the region’s culture.

St Albans School of Art was renamed Hertfordshire College of Art and Design in the 1970s and later merged with Hatfield Polytechnic. The institution is now known as University of Hertfordshire where the arts and humanities subjects are taught at the School of Creative Arts.

Young student with short dark hair painting in the art school next to an abstract artwork and other students

Students at St Albans School of Art , circa 1980 © University of Hertfordshire archives

Participants are invited to a series of sessions enabling them to record their own oral histories as well as exploring the history of the school through local archives, art collections and group conversations.

These recollections will be shared with the public through an event at the Museum + Gallery later this year – laying the groundwork for an exhibition in 2025 to celebrate 150th Anniversary of the School of Art.

This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, through an award from the University of Hertfordshire’s AHRC Impact Acceleration Account.

If you would like to get involved in the project, or have a story to tell, please contact l.rolinson@herts.ac.uk

Protocol number: cCTA/SF/UH/06122

Approving committee: University of Hertfordshire Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Ethics Committee with Delegated Authority

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