Exploring archives at Kingston

We’ve run projects in which art and design students have been encouraged to create pieces of work inspired by an item they’ve found in our Archives, and now Kingston have done the same!

 Exploring the theatrical world of Sheridan Morley, 2018

Exploring the theatrical world of Sheridan Morley, 2018

Since the beginning of term, third-year BA Graphic Design students from the School of Art have been working on a project for which they were asked to make work inspired by materials held in the University’s Archives and Special Collections. Six groups explored collections relating to novelists Iris Murdoch and Wendy Perriam, biographer and theatre critic Sheridan Morley, writer and political activist Vane Ivanovic, the performing arts and the history of Kingston University. Others chose to look at the LP Collection of popular broadcaster and disc jockey David Jacobs held in the Nightingale Centre at Kingston Hill.

 Students researching the life of Vane Ivanovic in Kingston University Archives, 2018

Students researching the life of Vane Ivanovic in Kingston University Archives, 2018

Eight weeks into term, the resulting works have been produced in a range of media including computer animations, commemorative stamps, theatre reviews, cocktails, travel posters and music boxes. They really demonstrate the variety of ways in which archival material can be viewed and its scope for generating new ideas and new areas of research. When installing their final pieces for the exhibition marking the end of the project, the students each selected an archival item to display alongside their work. Many also wrote accompanying captions which explain the inspiration and aims behind their designs.

The students’ exhibition Exploring Archives: We Made, You Look opened on Monday 19 November and is on until 17 February 2019, so there’s plenty of time to go and see it!