V&A Collection

The CETLD Partners' Collections and Archives

The University of Brighton

Aldrich Collection

Initiated in 1995 by Michael and Sandy Aldrich, the Aldrich Collection comprises about 300 works of contemporary visual art. The vast majority of these have been produced by students and tutors working at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton, as well as its distinguished institutional precursors in art and design education which go back over 140 years.

Design Archives

The University of Brighton Design Archives comprise twelve collections that enhance understanding of the designed environment, the design profession and design practice. Their focus is on British design in the twentieth century although there is much of international significance, particularly in the areas of graphic and communication design

Screen Archives South East

Established in 1992, the Screen Archives South East contains over 5000 items of diverse material including newsreels, family footage, feature films and amateur footage depicting various aspects of daily life, work and creativity.

The Royal College of Art

The RCA’s special collections and archives include a substantial photographic archive of student work, a comprehensive library on the subject of colour, and papers relating to the history of the College itself.

Photographic archive of student work

The photographic archive includes a unique collection of over 30,000 colour slides documenting student work in the RCA graduate degree shows from the 1950s to the early 21st century.

Colour Reference Library

The College is also home to the Colour Reference Library (CRL), a collection of books on every aspect of the subject of colour. The second largest of its kind in the world, the CRL contains a wide range of information which fuses science and art, theory and practice.

College archive / Artists’ books

Other collections held at the RCA include the RCA Archive which documents the history and work of the College through manuscripts and publications, including degree show catalogues and the student magazine ARK. The Library also has a growing collection of artists’ books, which includes works by RCA staff and students.

The Royal Institute of British Architects

The British Architectural Library

Part of the RIBA Trust, is the largest and most comprehensive resource in Britain for research and information on all aspects of architecture and the built environment. In addition to architecture and town planning, the collections also contain material on related disciplines including the decorative arts, exhibitions, furniture, interior design and sculpture. Comprising near 4 million items, the Library’s collections are housed on two sites: the Books & Periodicals Collections, the Photographs Collections and the Information Centre are housed in the British Architectural Library at the RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London W1, whilst the Drawings & Archives Collections are based at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7.


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The Victoria and Albert Museum

Located near Olympia in west London, the Victoria and Albert Museum Archives comprise three units:

  • the Archive of Art and Design
  • the Beatrix Potter Collections
  • the V&A Archive

Please follow the link for more information about the V&A archive collections