International Journal of Art & Design Education

Lessons from Objects: a Museum of Art and Design

Volume 3.2   1984



An account of the museum of Manchester School of Art and its role in art and design education which the school provided. The purpose-built museum housed a collection of modern art and design which was unique amongst the provincial schools of art, and only surpassed by South Kensington. Whilst the roots of the collection lay in the original foundation of the Manchester School of Design in 1837, designated exhibition space was allocated in the design for a new school of art which opened in 1881. Describes an art and design training which chose to emphasise the importance of studying the history of the fine and decorative arts through subject analysis.