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Goldsmiths History Project- online digital index

   The Goldsmiths History Project Online Digital Index

Picture of the front of Goldsmiths, University of London with the gates closed.

Unlocking the secrets and history of Goldsmiths, University of London. Image: Tim Crook

(work in progress)


Aborigines- nickname given to first Goldsmiths’ College students

Annand, Vicky – former Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Communications

Art School – Graham Sutherland and Winston Churchill


Boxer, Sidney Smith Esquire – casualty of Crimean War and Royal Naval School New Cross cadet

Bracher, Dr David- student late 1960s, documentary photographer and author of photographic book ‘They Way We Were’, published 2011

British Psychological Society- Goldsmiths Vice-Principal for Women, Caroline Graveson, one of the first women members

Browning, Robert – A selection of his poems and their analysis published by Lecturer William Thomas Young for Cambridge University Press in 1911


Carrington, Lieutenant Edward – Royal Naval School cadet & casualty of Crimean War

Chapel of the Royal Naval School- which eventually became the George Wood Theatre

Chatterjee, Shiba Prasad- A Letter To My English Friends- the political dignity of an Indian student at Goldsmiths in 1933

Choral Union and Goldsmiths’ Symphony Orchestra

Churchill, Winston – statue by Ivor Roberts-Jones and painting portrait by Graham Sutherland

Cleese, John- of Monty Python fame performing at the students’ Summer May Ball of 1967

Colyer, Frank – student 1905-7

Conway, Greg- Student Union Social Secretary 1967-68

Crimean War – Royal Naval School casaulties

“Cripps”- the College Beggar

Crown – Netflix drama series


Donkey- The College’s donkey was mentioned being straddled ‘by a weirdly dressed figure’ in a 1926 Daily Mail report of students being arrested near New Cross Gate station when collecting rag week funds.


Eardley, Joan – Artist and art student in 1938-9

Edwards, Malcolm- later changed his named to McLaren

Elias, Anita- Goldsmiths voice trainer and visiting lecturer

Elliott, David- undergraduate 1961-64 and leading UK publisher

Eurythmics by Goldsmiths’ College students 1916-18


Fareed or Farid, Osman- Egyptian student at Goldsmiths 1907-09, one of the first overseas students

Fenton, Roger – Crimean War photographer

Firth, Anthony E., Deputy Warden and author of Goldsmiths History 1991

Fraser, Eric (1902-1983)- Goldsmiths Art School student (1919-24) who became famous for designing iconic covers and illustrations in the Radio Times 


Gardiner, Clive as tutor to Joan Eardley

George Wood Theatre- prayers, pageants and performances

Gilroy, Paul Professor

Giltrap, Gordon- folk musician and active member of the College’s Folk Club during 1960s

Glockler, John- Goldsmiths College Student Union Social Secretary 1968-69

Golddream- the music culture at Goldsmiths in the late 1960s

Goldsmithian – February 1907

Goldsmiths Company’s Recreative and Technical Institute

Gorman, Paul- author of biography published in 2020 ‘The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren’

Graveson, Caroline- A founding conscience of Goldsmiths’ College and first women’s Vice-Principal

Gregory, Professor Ken- Remembering Goldsmiths’ ninth Warden between 1992 and 1998



Hinwood, Meg

Hoggart, Richard – main building


‘it wont rain roses’- 1963 pamphlet published by Goldsmiths staff and students, and the pursuit for justice in education



King Crimson- progressive rock group which performed at Goldsmiths Arts Festival in 1969


Laurie Grove Baths- The Artesian Well of Contemporary Art

Lauwerys, John- Student Union activist who inaugurated Gold Dream Festivals from 1966

League of Nations Union at Goldsmiths

Lewis, R.O Esquire, & Master of HM Transport Resolute,  Casualty of Crimean War & Royal Naval School, New Cross cadet.

Leyden, Albrecht von – creator of reproduction of Sutherland’s Churchill portrait

Library fire of 1971

Loughrey, Pat, 12th Warden of Goldsmiths- ‘A proper steward’ of a ‘remarkable’ and ‘unique’ university, 2010-2019

Lucie-Smith, Edward on Graham Sutherland


Marriott Frederick- the first headmaster of Goldsmiths’ Art School from 1891 to 1925

Mason, David- student during the late 1960s and editor of the student union’s weekly newspaper Smith News

Maugham, Somerset  portrait by Graham Sutherland

McLaren, Malcolm (also known as Edwards)

Memorial to casualties of the Crimean War who were Royal Naval School New Cross cadets

MI5- The Security Service and Goldsmiths, trying to access the archives

Milligan, Desmond – student & brother of Spike Milligan who attended Art Diploma course after World War Two

Milligan, Terence ‘Spike’ Alan – evening student at Goldsmiths’ College 1930s

‘Misbehaving students’- College rules and what happened to those who broke them

Morris, Richard – Mate of HMS Wasp, casualty of Crimean War & Royal Naval School cadet

Murray, Lieutenant James of the Royal Engineers – Crimean War casualty & Royal Naval School cadet


Nicklin, Richard – civilian photographer & casualty of Crimean War

Nottingham University- evacuation to at the beginning of World War Two in 1939


Overseas students- the first at Goldsmiths, 1907-09, Osman Fareed (or Farid) and Mohommet (or Mohammed) Subhi from Egypt 


Perkins, Nigel- a Zen lecturer who gave Goldsmiths more than four decades of teaching and inspiration

Physick, Edward James – sculptor of marble monument to Royal Naval School New Cross cadets who fell in the Crimean War

Postcards from Goldsmiths- the equivalent of emails or instagrams in early 20th century Britain

Prefects of Goldsmiths’ College

Profitt, Russell MBE- first Black President of any UK student union at Goldsmiths late 1960s

 On Cream performing in the Great Hall in 1967

Remembering Malcolm Edwards/McLaren at Goldsmiths



Raymond, Diana – novelist only daughter of Goldsmiths lecturer William Thomas Young

Richards, Captain Edwin – Casualty of Crimean War and Royal Naval School New Cross cadet

Riddle, Dave- Student Union Social Secretary late 1960s and later member of staff

Witness to the library fire of 1971

Rogers, David- The Goldsmiths Cicero whose political career has served the college for nearly 60 years

Royal Naval School – Crimean War veterans and casualties

Royal Naval School – College Beggar

Rules for Goldsmiths’ College Students set out in 1914-15 Handbook


Schama, Simon

Seacole, Mary – contemporary to Royal Naval School New Cross veterans who served during Crimean War

Shaw, John Jr – architect of Richard Hoggart Main Building

Skinner, Peter- student union activist during late 1960s and enthusiastic participant in College’s music culture

“Smiths Hymn”- The Goldsmiths’ College Hymn was sung at morning assemblies during several decades of the 20th century with words written by Caroline Gaveson

Subhi, Mohommet or Mohammed- Egyptian student at Goldsmiths 1907-09, one of the first overseas students

Sutherland, Graham

Sutherland, Kathleen

“Swanky Swotters”- women students who styled themselves with this title in 1910

Swarbrick, David- student teacher 1968-72


There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack- influential book by Professor Paul Gilroy

Thirties, the- Historical timeline, navigating the Depression and the Prelude to War

Tutu,  Archbishop Desmond Tutu- when came to Goldsmiths- only months after the release of Nelson Mandela



Victory Dinner at Goldsmiths’ College in 1924


War Artists Advisory Committee 1946



Young, William Thomas- English lecturer and greatly lamented Goldsmiths’ casualty of Passchendaele 1917




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