Reference number
  • P/003
Alternative reference code(s)
  • NASL
  • Collection
  • Accumulation: 19th and 20th century
Extent and medium
  • Approx. 36 linear metres of glass lantern slides and 35mm slides
  • ┆A large number of sets of slides covering art, applied art, crafts and architectural subjects and themes.
Administrative history
  • ┆The National Art Slide Library was a resource held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It was a lending library specifically for slides of art, applied art and architectural subjects which could be borrowed by individuals for research or to illustrate lectures. The library was moved to Leicester Polytechnic in the 1990s and fell out of use due to the rise of Power Point and similar computer technology, which ended the use of slide projectors during lectures. The slides were moved to DMU's Special Collections. "Growing from modest beginnings in 1898, the collection was reorganised after the Second World War and now totals more than half a million slides. These are listed in a catalogue on site and in printed catalogues and lists which are available to libraries and individuals; slides are retrieved by accession number from electrically-operated storage units. Slides may be borrowed free of charge, in person or by post, by any resident of the United Kingdom." - from "The National Art Slide Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum", by Bertie Maxwell, Art Libraries Journal, Volume 2, issue 4, Winter 1977, pp. 31-36.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Copies may be made subject to copyright regulations and the condition of the material.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
  • A light-box is available in the reading room for viewing the slides.
Language/scripts of material
  • English
  • French
  • German
System of arrangement
  • When the slides arrived at DMU an attempt was made to organise some of them by subject or theme. This affected the original groupings. Special Collections staff have attempted to reconstruct the three distinct sets of slides within the collection where possible. The slides are divided into sub-fonds reflecting their provenance: A - Victoria and Albert Museum B - Architectural Association C - Ecclesiological Society D - sets that cannot be assigned to one of the above Within these sections, series have been reconstructed where possible, using physical clues such as listings and notations on the slides, similar handwriting and similar cases or boxes.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • Transferred to De Montfort University Library from the Victoria and Albert Museum.