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Museum & Study Collection

We regret that due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to shut the CSM Museum & Study Collection to external visitors. If you have a research enquiry please contact us at the usual address and staff will do their best to help. We are still able to support research visits from UAL staff and students. Please book a week in advance.

Object-based learning at the Museum & Study Collection

Object-led wellbeing: mobilising museum collections for social good

The Museum & Study Collection tells the story of Central Saint Martins’ rich history. The collection contains work produced by staff and students, a large art and design teaching collection, the British Artists’ Film and Video Collection, and some historical college records.

The teaching collection spans the 13th century to the present, and includes early printed books, prints, illuminated manuscripts, embroideries, 1920s German film posters, textiles and garments. We hold material created by CSM staff and students over the last one hundred years, and have collected from degree shows for the past two decades. The collection is open to everyone for inspiration and information.

Explore

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    Museum exhibitions

    See our collection displayed in new ways in the Museum Window Gallery on The Crossing or the Lethaby Gallery

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    Visit

    Find out about our public study room, how to book a research visit or group sessions, and how to bring objects to CSM classes

Collection favourites

Howard Asher's geometric designs inspire many students making new works in the digital age

Curator Sarah Campbell on a piece by MA Industrial Design grad Thomas Ballhatchet

Head of the Museum & Study Collection Judy Willcocks talks about conservation

Anna Buruma on Joyce Clissold: textile designer, printmaker, former teacher and alum

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Museum & Study Collection stories

  • CSM Museum & Study Collection: Richard Quinn acquisition

    The CSM Museum & Study Collection is pleased to announce an exciting new acquisition by Richard Quinn

  • Class of 2020: Deans' Awards

    Since 1989, the CSM Museum & Study Collection has actively purchased works from graduating students. Now, after more than 30 years, the process has taken on a new form in our first ever Deans’ Awards.

  • Echoes of Nature

    Working with an archive in the CSM Museum & Study Collection, MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students created their course’s first 3D-modelled virtual exhibition. We talk to the curators about the challenge of digitally designing a

  • Silence in the streets

    Silence in the streets, a curatorial publication and platform developed by MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students, focuses on British community photography group Camerawork.

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