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Museum & Study Collection

Covid-19 has changed the way we work, but we are still able to support research visits for UAL staff and students and for external researchers. If you have a research enquiry, please contact us at the usual address and staff will do their best to help. 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 is open to everyone for inspiration and information. It 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.

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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

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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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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

  • Art and psychoanalysis: emotion, intimacy and the unconscious
    Mel Calman, 1996

    Art and psychoanalysis: emotion, intimacy and the unconscious

    Exploring work from the Central Saint Martins Museum & Study Collection, alumni and assistant curator Siyan Zhang looks at emotion, intimacy, trauma, relationships, desire and unconscious.

  • Goddesses of King’s Cross
    Photography by Philip Wolmuth

    Goddesses of King’s Cross

    Artist, alum and Senior Lecturer, Raksha Patel, responds to botanical prints in the CSM Museum and Study Collection. Her painting Tulsi, the Goddess of Kings Cross, which also pays tribute to the King’s Cross communities that were displaced by the

  • Acts of Translation
    Acts of Translation, Mohammad Namazi

    Acts of Translation

    Acts of Translation, an exhibition by artist Mohammad Namazi, explores the process of immersion in a collection and how historic objects resonate with lived experience.

  • Class of 2021: Deans' Awards
    Farida Eltigi, BA Graphic Communication Design

    Class of 2021: Deans' Awards

    For the past two decades, the CSM Museum & Study Collection has actively purchased works from graduating students. This year, the Deans' Awards supports the purchase of more work than ever before as the Museum welcomes 28 new pieces into its

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