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Learning and Research

Learning and Research

The Art Collections have always been a teaching collection, relevant to a wide range of courses available at the College. We welcome visiting researchers, school groups and families to explore our collections.

The curator will lead teaching sessions with colleagues in the History, English, Drama, Media Arts, Modern Languages and Cultures, and Geography departments but is keen for the collection to be used for more courses. Sessions have included seminars in the gallery on the paintings and looking at drawings from the collections in the archives reading room as well as lectures on various aspects of art and curating.

Students have also used items from the collection as the subject of projects and dissertations.

The art collections have been used for a successful project by the Information Security department and could be used by other non-art related departments as the basis for projects. If you would like to discuss any teaching or project ideas please contact us.


Researchers can see items from the collection and their corresponding curatorial files by making an appointment.

Archives relating to the founding of the collections are kept in the College archive department. Appointments to see these can be made by contacting the College archivist.

The collections housed in the Picture Gallery are an excellent resource for schools, and an alternative to visiting galleries in central London.

If you would like to visit the gallery with your school please contact us.

We hold special Family open days in the Picture Gallery twice a year. They include Art Alive performances based on a painting in the gallery and art activities aimed at 5-12 year olds. These open days are free – just bring your imagination!

For details of the next open day please see the events listings.

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