Museum & Study Collection

Union Jack, multicoloured

Back to Back Basics – Jack by David Holland, 1994

Reclining Woman by Michael Wildeave, 1993

Reclining Woman by Michael Wildeave, 1993

Nowadays I Know What To Do When I Greet Beauty, Raqib Shaw, 2001, CSM Fine Art, Oil, acrylic, enamel, glitter on board, From the Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection.
Raqib Shaw

Nowadays I Know What To Do When I Greet Beauty by Raqib Shaw, 2001

Poster celebrating the Sex Pistols first gig at St Matins School of Art 6th November 1975, From the Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection.

Poster advertising a party celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sex Pistols' first gig, 2005

The Museum & Study Collection at Central Saint Martins tells the story of the College’s rich history. For more than a century we've been collecting work by students and staff, and for the last 20 years we’ve been buying work from degree shows.

We have an art and design teaching collection, spanning from the 13th century to the present day including early printed books, prints, illuminated manuscripts, embroideries, 1920s German film posters, textiles and garments.

The collection is open to everyone and is here to inspire and inform whoever you are and whatever your specific interests may be.

Work with us

You can find out more about our collections by visiting our searchable online catalogue.

Email us at to:

  • Book an individual study visit.
  • Arrange for a museum curator to come to your workshop or studio with a pre-selected group of material.
  • Organise a special visit to our viewing room to look at the collections.
  • Develop a more involved student project working with material from the archive. These may begin with a taster session in the study room followed by smaller group visit

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Head of Museum and Study Collection