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MISSING MEMORIES: St Albans Museum asks for help in remembering the city’s famous school of art

 Published on: 5th January 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

St Albans Museums and UH Arts are collecting memories of the St Albans School of Art, which was based in St Albans for over a century.

Last year St Albans Museums were delighted to acquire a painting by Maurice Field titled Students at St Albans School of Art 1957. 

Inspired by the acquisition, St Albans Museums are working with UH Arts to research the school and are looking to add associated memories and objects to their collection.

The school first opened on Victoria Street in 1890 in a building that is now part of the Maltings development. In 1973 it moved to a new building on the Hatfield Road, before merging with Hatfield Polytechnic and becoming the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Art.

During its time in St Albans tutors at the School included sculptor John Mills, painters Arnold Van Praag and Roger Leworthy, printmaker John Brunsden, Bill Pletts in graphic design, and textile designer Angela Dean.

St Albans Museums are asking anyone who has a memory, photograph or object associated with the school to share this with the museum. 

These memories will provide the starting point for further research, oral history recordings and potential additions to the museum collections.

Councillor Anthony Rowlands said: “The St Albans School of Art played a huge role in the life of St Albans for over one hundred years and still does through shared exhibitions with UH Arts. This is a chance for St Albans Museums to record memories and stories before they are lost.”

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