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Special Collections: Hornsey

Hornsey College of Art

Image: John Gulliver's Triumph Coupe pictured at the back of Hornsey College of Art 1969/70

Access to the Hornsey Archive

The Hornsey College of Art archive is held in the Materials Room in the Basement of the Sheppard Library. The Materials Room is open from 11am to 4pm Monday to Friday during term-time but please contact Marion Syratt-Barnes ( to arrange viewing the archive.
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Hornsey College of Art: Archive

Tickner, L. (2008) Hornsey 1968: the art school revolution. London: Frances Lincoln
The Hornsey affair (1969) Harmondsworth: Penguin
Carey, T. (1968) Hornsey poster [
David Page: Pictures & Words]

Hornsey College of Art: Archive
This is one of the archives and special collections held by the Library at Middlesex University. It is a collection of original material produced by the Hornsey College of Art which was established in 1882 and formed part of Middlesex Polytechnic in 1973.

The Hornsey School of Art was a private institution established by Charles Swinstead (1815-1890) in 1882. The original building was commissioned by Swinstead on a site on Crouch End Hill, north London. Frank Hillyard Swinstead became headmaster on his father’s death in 1890. Middlesex County Council took over responsibility for the School from the Swinstead family in 1920. The 1960s saw great reforms in art education and the introduction of the Diploma in Art and Design (DipAD). The College grew rapidly, expanding into several annexes around north London. In 1968 the students occupied the Crouch Hill building for about six weeks in a protest for student autonomy and a restructuring of art education. The College moved to a purpose-built site at Cat Hill, Barnet in 1970 but work on this building was not completed until 1979.

Scope of the Archive
The collection comprises records of the Hornsey College of Art including minute books, account books, prospectuses, Swinstead family material including photographs and a scrapbook, programmes, press-cuttings and examples of student work. There is a significant amount of material relating to the centenary exhibition of the College in 1982 and the Sit-In of 1968. The archive contains material dating from 1882 to 1980s.