Focus on Birmingham School of Art c.1900

What do you think it would have been like to have been a student at the School of Art about a hundred years ago? What sort of teaching would you have had? How would you have dressed? What sort of work would you have been creating? What were your chances of attending and winning awards if you were female? Would you have been limited in the types of subjects you could study? These are just some of the subjects that are covered in our latest exhibition outside the Art & Design Archives at Parkside.

To coincide with this month's Flatpack Festival, we invited Visual Communication student Nora Bruno to design five posters for us using digital images of some of the lantern slides in our collection. These were printed on to glass plates that could be viewed through an electric-powered projector, an early example of which is shown in the display case at the bottom of the stairs. Some of the slides show examples of student work in both fine art and design; others are pictures of classrooms, studios and extra-curricular activities. 

Why not come and have a look at the exhibition? Perhaps it might inspire you to make your own short film using a montage of images from some of our slides.