Students capture the history of Central Library in their latest project
To commemorate the move of Plymouth Central Library, our first year Extended Diploma students were tasked to record the essence of the Central Library in one week.
The current library has been on the site since 1910, with an extensive post-war modification in 1956 and is set to move to new, modern premises in the city centre – with the grand opening this spring.
250 students from across our UAL Extended Diploma Creative Media Production, Photography, Art & Design, Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts and Fashion & Textiles courses got involved.
Student Jordan Mortlock told us what it was like working on the project, “As this was my first commission as such, I was struck by how different it was compared to a free shoot. I enjoyed the days spent wandering the library, enjoying the quiet and soaking up the history.”
The brief set to our students was to create a record of the library in 2015, so that a person in 2115 looking at the images created can have an idea of what a public library looked like and how it was used.
The intention was to capture aspects of the library and the library annexe which is based in St Luke’s Church, situated opposite the main library building.
Describing the collaboration, Central Library Development Officer Rose Ablett said, “We were delighted to welcome the students into the Central Library to work on the project ‘Week in the life of.’
“We are very pleased with the results and our customers will thoroughly enjoy the exhibition when it is in place soon. It certainly is a snapshot in time.”
The Library is keen to explore the possibility of retaining the student’s work when they move into their new city centre building later this year.
“This is such a significant moment in the history of Plymouth Central Library, and we are delighted that we were able to collaborate with them, allowing our students to showcase their creativity and produce such a range of interesting responses,” said Tim Dickinson, Curriculum Manager for our Extended Diploma courses.
The resulting work, including photographs, and 3D sculptures will be on display in the current library from Saturday 6 February until Thursday 17 March.