Displays and Events, University Archive

Memory Booth at Graduation 2015

Archive staff were very privileged to be involved in this year’s graduation ceremonies at Cheltenham Racecourse. Working with first-year students from the School of Media, we ran a Memory Booth at two of the ceremonies on 26 and 27 November, where past and graduating students were able to share their most memorable student experiences.

Racecourse 27-11-2015 AM 1 Graduation 2015

The ceremony on the morning of 27 November paid homage to both our graduating Education students and members of the Old Students’ Association, many of whom were present at the ceremony. As an institution we have been educating teachers in Cheltenham for nearly 170 years and old students from as far back as the 1940s were present last week to share their memories.

Radio Production student Alex Hawkins interviewed old student Martin Fry (1975-1979).

Martin Fry, Gloucestershire University Alumni interviews 2015

Martin said:

I knew that I wanted to be a teacher at the beginning. The interesting thing was at that time the first four weeks we went straight out into schools. And we went into a primary school, infant school sorry, then a junior school and then a secondary school. And after those four weeks there were a number of students who decided it wasn’t for them. You were already teaching, and don’t forget here I was at 18, just left school and then in front of a class and in the Royal Forest of Dean Grammar School I was teaching music the second week, having not any real skills in music, to sixth-formers who were literally six months younger than I was. That was obviously a great test and I think it was a real good point that you knew you wanted to be a teacher or you didn’t after that, and I did.

We hope to make these recordings available on the Special Collections and Archives catalogue very soon.


University Archive

University Archive

The University Archive is the official repository for the historic records of the University of Gloucestershire and its antecedents since its original foundation as the Cheltenham Training College in 1847. The records included within the collection reflect a long and distinguished history over the past 170 years.

The archive comprises many different formats, including documents, manuscripts, deeds, reports, publicity, maps and plans, photographs, multimedia, clothing and artifacts.

Material is wide and varied, giving snapshots into life as a student or staff member from the Victorian era right through to the present day. It reinforces a sense of community and identity throughout the history of the institution.

A list of the University Archive content categories can be found here and gives information on the nature and scope of the collection. Access to some categories such as staff records may be restricted in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For all enquiries please email archives@glos.ac.uk.

Special Collections and Archives staff regularly compile displays using the University Archive. These can be for many events from Old Students’ Association or Practising School reunions to staff training sessions.

Much of the content of the University Archive has been donated by former staff and students. We are constantly working towards the future of the archive and are active in sourcing new material to fill in the blanks. We welcome new material which depicts both the history of the institution and the present — as today’s items will become tomorrow’s archive. Please contact us if you think you have anything of interest.

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Internship Opportunity for UoG student

Special Collections and Archives Internship Opportunity:

Remembrance Memories Co-ordinator

During World War II, the University’s Francis Close Hall campus was the site of St Paul’s College, a male teacher training college. A practising school for local boys was also located in what is now the Bodley Building. The University Archive holds material such as photographs, eyewitness accounts and other memories from this era. The wider St Paul’s community is still home to some residents who lived here during the conflict, which included bombing raids on the area. Gloucestershire Archives and Cheltenham Local Studies Library hold newspapers from the time that detail the unfolding conflict and the impact this had on the community. This internship will utilise both material held in the University Archive and the wider community to produce a memories display for this year’s remembrance commemorations on 11th November.

The intern will be fully briefed and work alongside special collections and archives staff as part of a small team. The project will involve researching material held both in the University Archive and Gloucestershire Archives/ Cheltenham Local Studies Library. There will also be the opportunity to liaise with members of the St Paul’s community to gather material and memories for the display, and promote this through local media channels.


This internship would suit any University of Gloucestershire student interested in a career in archives and/ or research, or with a general interest in social history and the St Paul’s area. The internship will run from September – November 2015, and the student can go on to complete a Degreeplus Award. Other useful personal attributes can include:

  • An interest in social and cultural events
  • Creative and inquisitive
  • Motivated and able to work without direct or constant supervision
  • Accurate and detailed
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Good interpersonal skills


  • Communication – both written and personal
  • Team working
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Research skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Time management

To apply login to the Degreeplus portal via the student homepage and search “Remembrance Memories Co-ordinator”

University Archive

Archive Item of the Month – September 2014

With the exciting launch of our new fashion courses BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Fashion and Textiles (Strategic Alliance FdA), our item of the month focuses on historic fashion course provision by our predecessor colleges.

The Special Collections and Archives hold a variety of material on the fashion course run by the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design (and later by GlosCAT and Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education). This ranges from the 1970s – 1990s and includes prospectuses, photographs, slides, resource guides and VHS tapes. Below are images from the 1973-1974 Diploma in Art and Design (DipAD) Fashion course prospectus.

Special Collections and Archives staff will be working with fellow library and marketing staff to digitise and make available film from our VHS holdings. These show a range of catwalk shows of student creations in both Cheltenham and London. We plan to preview this at the forthcoming fashion launch event in November and make the footage available via the University’s Media Library. Watch this space for further information.

DipAD Fashion course prospectus 1973-1974 cover (C/04/00/1B)


DipAD Fashion course prospectus 1973-1974 contents (C/04/00/1B)


DipAD Fashion course prospectus 1973-1974 contents (C/04/00/1B)


DipAD Fashion course prospectus 1973-1974 back cover (C/04/00/1B)