About the Collection

Claudia Parsons

All across the campus you’ll find pieces of artwork, from public sculptures to pieces hidden in departments and offices. This is Loughborough University’s art collection, and it exists to enhance the campus environment, celebrate the history of the university, and inspire creativity in its students.

The collection includes artworks dating from the 1950s to the present day in a range of artistic styles. Many individuals who have made great contributions to the university have portraits displayed on campus, including Lionel Brooke’s painting of Dr Herbert Leslie Haslegrave, the first Vice-Chancellor, who managed the transition from College to University, and June Mendoza’s portrait of Sir David Wallace, Vice-Chancellor from 1994 to 2006, who was awarded a knighthood in 2004 in recognition of his services to science in the UK. Another notable example is Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley’s portrait of Herbert Schofield, Principal of Loughborough College from 1915 to 1950, who supported the war effort in the First World War by turning the Institute into a munitions factory that trained over 2000 men and women.

We owe the much of the size and range of the collection to the foresight of Stewart Mason, the Director of Leicestershire Education from the 1940s through to the 1970s. It was a lifetime ambition of Mason's to make contemporary art accessible to all by siting it in places where people congregate on a daily basis, and he founded the Leicestershire County Council Artworks Collection in order to bring artworks into the possession of schools and colleges in the county. That the university - then the College of Technology and College of Education - benefitted from his passion and tenacity can be seen in the large number of artworks dating from the 1950s and 1960s. Mason's legacy was revived by Sir DEN Davies, who served as Vice Chancellor from 1988-93 and shared his commitment to enriching the campus through its art collection.

Notable artworks within the collection include Baby Asleep in Garden by John Bratby, Race Meeting by Bryan Organ, Deep End by Frank A. Wilson and Happy Day by Harold Cohen, and there are also limited edition prints by Edward Bawden, Bridget Riley, and John Piper. More information about these and other artworks currently held by the university can be found on the BBC’s Public Catalogue Foundation.

The collection is currently undergoing major changes, relating to the cataloguing and housing of various pieces, in order to develop and improve it. For more information, or to assist this process with any information you may have, please email luarts@lboro.ac.uk.


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK


01509 222 948