Remembrance Roll of Honour

For anyone who missed the Roll of Honour display at Park Campus last Friday, it is now available to view in the Special Collections and Archives (QU024) at Francis Close Hall. This year’s display documents those who perished between September 1916 – August 1917.

The Roll of Honour tells the stories of our 264 alumni members who lost their lives during the First World War. They include members of Cheltenham Training College and St Paul’s Practising School. Special Collections and Archives staff use sources such as the University Archive, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and local publications to produce individual case studies. The plan is to make these available online via a searchable database.


New Internship Opportunities

There are currently two new internship opportunities on offer in the Special Collections and Archives. These are open to University of Gloucestershire students and you can apply via the Future Plan portal on the student/ MyGlos homepage.

University Archive – Remembrance Project

The Special Collections and Archives are continuing a four-year project to research and create a roll of honour for our 264 pupils and students who lost their lives during the First World War. So far we have documented those from 1914 to August 1916, and this year will tell the stories of the 57 who perished between September 1916 and August 1917.

We are looking for a student to produce mini case-studies for these 57 alumni. This will involve research in the University Archive and via the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. There will also be an opportunity to visit Gloucestershire Archives to research photographs of some of the men in the Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic publications from the 1910s.

The result of this research will be a physical display for the University’s Remembrance activities on 11 November plus inclusion of the information on the forthcoming virtual roll of honour.

The successful student will be shown how to conduct research using the University Archive and relevant online archives. It is an ideal internship for anyone wanting to gain experience of conducting a historical research project.

Proposed End Date for this project is 11 November 2016 so we need a student who can start as soon as possible.

University Archive – Maps and Plans Project

The University Archive houses historic records relating to the University and related colleges dating back to the 1820s. It is a rich and informative resource covering student life over the past two centuries. The University estate has covered various locations across Cheltenham and Gloucester over the years and our current campuses have long histories. Did you know that Francis Close Hall opened in 1850 to accommodate 100 male students? Or that before we bought Park Campus in the 1930s it had been home to both a zoo and Ursuline nuns?

The Special Collections and Archives are looking for a student to conduct an audit of the maps and plans held in the University Archive. These have not been sorted before so this is a real opportunity to uncover potential gems in the archive. The successful student will carry out a detailed audit of our maps and plans, recording what they are and the physical condition of the documents, onto Excel prior to cataloguing onto the Special Collections and Archives online catalogue. Training will be given on how to appraise and handle historic documents, what archivists look for when describing material and which archival cataloguing conventions to follow. This is an excellent opportunity for hands-on archive experience and would be perfect for someone interested in a career in archives or records management but who has not had any prior experience.

600th donation added to the special collections and archives catalogue!

The 600th donation to the University Archive was added to the online catalogue this morning. It forms part of the Miscellaneous Donations or “D-Number” collection, being material donated to the University Archive by former students and staff members. It is a rich and vivid collection that tells the personal stories of our past alumni.

D600 is a deposit relating to Reg Sims, a student at St Paul’s College from 1932 – 1934. It is a collection unique to Reg’s time as a student.


Material includes a 1930s prospectus, variety of photographs including sports teams and initiation activities, student concert programmes, student magazines, coursework and even a rugby sports cap. Although personal to Reg, the donation is a typical example of the other 599 donations currently on the catalogue and is a great example of the diversity of material in the University Archive.

I wonder what the next 600 donations will uncover…?

National Sporting Heritage Day

Today is National Sporting Heritage Day, and by coinsidence Special Collections and Archives staff have been researching photographs of our sports teams from the First World War era for our Students’ Union. Here are some of the images we’ve come across from our University Archive.

Over the next few weeks, staff and students across the University will be working to commemmorate our fallen alumni at a special Remembrance Concert, 100 years after the start of the First World War. We’ll post more about this in the coming weeks.

Cheltenham Training College Tennis players c.1910 (UA36/14/1)

Cheltenham Training College Rugby team 1913-1914 (UA36/12/3)

“Gated” Cheltenham Training College students 1912 (Digital Acc)

Cheltenham Training College Cricket team 1913 (UA36/12/2)

1925 School of Art film footage

The Old Cheltenham Twitter account (@Old_Cheltenham) recently shared this piece of film footage showing Cheltenham School of Arts and Crafts students in 1925. They can be seen re-enacting scenes from Noah’s Ark dressed in fabulous animal costumes.

The School went on to become the Gloucestershire College of Art in 1959, Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology (GlosCAT) in 1980, then merged with the College of St Paul and St Mary in 1990 to form Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education (phew!). CGCHE became the University of Gloucestershire in 2001.

The Special Collections and Archives hold some archive material relating to the Cheltenham School of Arts and Crafts. We have prospectuses from 1912 onwards and committee minutes from 1929 onwards.

The 1924-1925 prospectus details a variety of day and evening classes on offer, including life drawing, antique drawing, modelling design, illustration, etching, leather work, drapery studies, ironwork design, stained-glass design, typography and wood carving. There were also classes for painters and decorators, teachers and embroiderers.

Cheltenham School of Arts and Crafts Prospectus 1924-1925 cover (U/07/03/2)

The School was located on St Margaret’s Road, near what is now The Brewery site.