National Arts Education Archive

Sir Alec Clegg and the West Riding Collections

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The National Arts Education Archive is now under the auspices of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. After 25 years as an independent charitable trust full responsibilities for its management have been passed to YSP trustees. A new steering group was formed in 2009 to shape the direction of this unique resource for the 21st century.


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The steering group includes YSP Executive Director Peter Murray CBE; YSP staff; former NAEA trustees Prof. Ron George and Dr. John Steers General Secretary NSEAD; Emma Hunt Dean of Arts, Huddersfield University; Emeritus Prof. Patsy Cullen York St. John University; and in the chair Dr. Helen Rees YSP trustee and Head of Museology, Manchester University.

The holdings of the NAEA exist as a major research facility and resource to be developed within YSP learning, research and artistic programming. NAEA was established in 1985 to provide a documentary trace of the development of arts education in the UK and worldwide, by collecting children’s and students' work and the papers, letters and work of key educators and artists in the visual arts, music and language. This material, comprising more than 100 catalogued collections, is based in the purpose-built Lawrence Batley Centre at YSP and is available to researchers, lecturers and the general public by appointment. The NAEA is open by appointment Monday and Tuesday each week.

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NAEA Contact

Leonard Bartle/Anna Bowman
Tel: +44 (0)1924 830690