Board of Education, Technical Branch, and Ministry of Education, Further Education Branch: Art Schools, Files
Art School files of the Board of Education, Technical Branch, and Ministry of Education, Further Education Branch recording the contribution made by art schools and classes to fine art and industrial design with special attention to the needs of local staple industries and, in some cases, the provision of courses for intending Art Teachers.
The papers include reports by H.M. Inspectors, interview and conference memoranda, and material dealing with the acquisition of sites and buildings, and the classification of Art Schools and Art Classes. Some files contain a digest of information relating to the award of Building Grant by the Science and Art Department prior to 1896, the conveyance of land, etc.
The current (1962) series of files, started in 1924, absorbed earlier papers. A few files extend up to 1949.
Alphabetically under school titles in county order for England and Wales.
Board of Education, Technical Branch, 1902-1944
Ministry of Education, Further Education Branch, 1944-1963
The Royal College of Art, founded in 1837 and maintained directly from Exchequer funds, provided training of which not theoretical instruction alone, but also the direct application of the arts to manufacture was deemed an essential element. It was not, however, until 1852 that a Department of Practical Art of the Board of Trade was formed: enlarged in 1853 to become the Department of Science and Art, it was transferred in 1856 to the Education Department, a Committee of the Privy Council.
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