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Our History & Heritage

Founded in 1891, and part of the University of London since 1904, we’ve a rich academic history but we’re also known for our creative approach. We also keep good company. As part of the prestigious 1994 Group of UK research-led universities, from the moment you enrol you’ll be part of a powerful legacy of learning.

Some key moments in our history

1843

The Royal naval School opens in New Cross, in what is now the Richard Hoggart building

1891

Goldsmiths' Technical & Recreative Institute is founded, dedicated to the promotion of technical skill & knowledge of the working and artisan classes

1900

Goldsmiths introduces teacher training programmes

1904

Goldsmiths joins University of London

1907

The first School of Art opens behind the main building

1940

1940 saw Goldsmiths library damaged by incendiary bombs in World War 2. It has since been rebuilt and developed into one of the UK's top 20 facilities

1950

Mary Quant comes to Goldsmiths to study an art diploma course planning to become an art teacher, but would later become a renowned fashion designer

1960

Goldsmiths expands degree-level and teacher-training work, creating new buildings including Lockwood, Whitehead and Education Building.

1989

Damien Hirst graduates from BA Fine Art, and Blur perform their first gig at Goldsmiths Students' Union

2005

Ben Pimlott Building opens on campus, housing seven floors of purpose-built teaching spaces including art studios and cutting-edge psychology labs

2010

£20million Professor Stuart Hall building opens, home to our Media & Comms and the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship departments

2013

In 2011 BMus Music graduates Katy B and James Blake are nominated for the Mercury Prize, with James Blake going on to win in 2013

2014

Goldsmiths graduate Steve McQueen wins an Oscar for his film 12 Years a Slave

2016

Goldsmiths partners with Curzon to open campus cinema