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Central Saint Martins

Museum & Study Collection

The history of 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.


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

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Online catalogue

Explore our rich collections in detail

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Collection strengths

Discover the collection’s diversity and depth

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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

Material matters

What does a sustainable material revolution look like? Billie Coxhead, Co-ordinator of the Materials and Products Collection, talks through some recent acquisitions from algae blooms and bacteria to abattoir waste.

Future Care: Curating the Virtual

Judy Willcocks, Head of Museum & Study Collection at Central Saint Martins, explains how one student’s work began a vital conversation with Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and BFI on the preservation of virtual reality.

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