MA Electronic Communication & Publishing, University College London
Recovery Project Lead, Archives & Collections
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Polly studied languages as an undergraduate and completed her Masters at the School of Library, Archive & Information Science, UCL in 2000. Since then Polly has worked in the arts sector, promoting the access and use of art and archive collections for teaching, learning and research, both to academic and general audiences. She was a founder member of the Visual Arts Data Service http://www.vads.ac.uk/, becoming Director in 2007; she established an Image Bank and then the Digitisation Unit for the University for the Creative Arts in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and then moved to Tate in 2012 to manage the Transforming Tate Britain: Archives & Access project http://www.tate.org.uk/art/archive until February 2015.
Polly is now Project Lead for the Archives & Collections Recovery Project at GSA, following the devastating fire in May 2014. During the next three years a programme of conservation, digitisation, collection management and collection development work will take place to stabilise and rebuild GSA’s Archive & Collection, and to enable access and engagement therewith. Please contact Polly if you have any questions relating to this work.
B.Mus (Hons); MSc in Information Management and Preservation, University of Glasgow
Archives and Collections Assistant
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Jocelyn studied music composition and performance at the University of Glasgow before going on to complete a Masters in Information Management and Preservation.
Jocelyn worked with the Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections from April – November 2014 as the Archive and Collections Assistant, and assisted with the process of removing and stabilising the archives and collections after the major fire in the School’s Mackintosh Building. After this she went to work on a project with the University of Stirling on the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive, helping to catalogue and curate a touring exhibition titled ‘Hosts and Champions’ that celebrated the recent Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and its history across the Commonwealth countries. This work included the collection and recording of donated material; the production of displays; and the creation and dissemination of media content across the University’s social media platforms.
Jocelyn has now returned to the Archives and Collections Centre to work as the Archives and Collections Assistant. As the first point of contact Jocelyn is responsible for answering enquiries about our archives and collections and providing access to the diverse range of materials present. Please contact her if you have any questions about our archives or collections, or the staff and students who have previously worked at the School of Art.
MA (Hons) Modern History, University of St Andrews
Archives and Collections Project Assistant
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Fiona Graduated with a degree in Modern History from the University of St Andrews in 2014. Her studies focused on Russian culture and historiography but she also developed an interest in the visual culture of the French Revolution.
Prior to taking up the position of Archives and Collections Project Assistant earlier this year, Fiona worked in libraries, both public and academic before undertaking an HLF funded Skills for the Future Traineeship at Historic Environment Scotland. During her heritage traineeship, which covered both archives and education and outreach, Fiona developed an interest in war memorials and stained glass. While carrying out a reconnaissance of stained glass material housed in the collection, she rediscovered designs for memorial windows in churches throughout Scotland. The collection included cartoons by Alice and Morris Meredith Williams, and some designs for heraldic panels in the Thistle Chapel in St Giles Cathedral.
Fiona currently works on the Home Front Memorial Project and, along with several volunteers, is carrying out research in the lives and the activities of the staff and students who remained at the school during the 1914-18 period. You can read more about her research on the GSA Archives and Collections blog.
MA (Hons) History of Art and Slavonic Studies, The University of Glasgow
Collections Development Officer
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Michelle graduated with a first class honours degree in History of Art and Slavonic Studies from The University of Glasgow in 2006. With a personal interest in Art Nouveau and Glasgow Style architecture, furniture and interiors, she joined The Glasgow School of Art as Archives and Collections Assistant in 2012, having previously worked in various museum and archive roles at The National Trust for Scotland and The University of Glasgow, one of which was as Project Assistant for the Stoddard-Templeton Corporate and Design Archive, the archive of one of the world’s most successful carpet manufacturers. In 2014, as Archives and Collections Project Officer, she developed and managed a project to create an online catalogue for GSA’s archives and collections.
A major fire in the School’s Mackintosh Building in May 2014 resulted in the loss of parts of the School’s built heritage, art and furniture holdings and damage to some of its paper based archives and textile collections. During the next three years a programme of collections management and collection development work will take place to stabilise and rebuild GSA’s Archives and Collections. As Collections Development Officer for GSA’s recovery project, Michelle’s role involves the cataloguing, documentation, digitisation, conservation and repackaging of GSA’s holdings. As part of the project she will also examine existing collections management processes and implement new procedures where necessary.
Michelle also manages a team of volunteers who support associated activities and supervises the A&C’s student work placements and internships. Please get in touch with her if you are interested in volunteering or undertaking a work placement at The Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections.
MLitt (St Andrews); FRSA (Fellow, Royal Society of Arts)
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After completing a Masters’ Degree in Museum Studies at the University of St Andrews, Peter has spent the past 20 years promoting the School’s Mackintosh Building and its important museum collections, both at home and abroad. He has curated exhibitions in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan and has contributed to conferences throughout Europe and in Canada, Australia and the USA. In 1999 he helped establish the Réseau Art Nouveau Network – a pan-European project involving cities with an art nouveau legacy – becoming its President in 2009, and is interested in issues relating to architectural heritage and the effects of cultural tourism on the built environment. He is currently undertaking research into the history of the School’s Mackintosh Building and how its physical appearance and operational use has changed over the past century.
He represents GSA on various external committees and groups including the Glasgow Mackintosh Group and the University Museums in Scotland group. He is also a Director of GSA Enterprises Ltd.
Peter’s areas of expertise include: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style; works by other GSA graduates, covering fine art, design and architecture; European Art Nouveau; the management of cultural heritage. Please get in touch with Peter if you have any questions relating to these areas.
MA (Hons) MARM RMARA AFHEA
Archives and Collections Manager
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Susannah manages the Archives and Collections service which comprises visitor services, collection management, and outreach & engagement work.
She studied History of Art at the University of Glasgow before completing a Masters in Archives and Records Management at the University of Liverpool. She is also a registered member of the Archives and Records Association and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Susannah is particularly interested in the use of archives by creative practitioners and the role of historical sources in higher education. She has worked on a number of exhibitions, seminars and workshops relating to the School’s historical collections and has written articles for The Journal of the Scottish Records Association, The Journal of the Society of Archivists and the Art Libraries Journal.
Please contact Susannah if you would like to donate something to our archives, if you have an in-depth enquiry about GSA’s history, or if you are interested in working with our archives as part of a collaborative and/or creative project.