Glasgow School of Art: Fire Damage Fund

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Many of you will have heard by now the devastating news that the Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh Library, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1897-1909, has been lost in fire. The Library and all of its historical contents are effectively destroyed, though we are working with Historic Scotland to salvage any original fittings that remain.

The Main Library, including all our lending collections, remain unaffected. To secure the site however, we will remain closed until 10am on Friday 30th May 2014.

GSA Archives remain intact, though they have suffered some water and smoke damage. Access to our Archives is now closed, and will reopen in due course.

Although we have lost many precious collections, it is important to stress that no-one was injured in the fire, due in no small part to the professionalism and dedication of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and GSA staff.

We have been considerably touched by all the good wishes and kind thoughts that have been sent to us from friends, colleagues and institutions across the world. We will respond in due course to all offers of help – in the meantime our efforts are directed at identifying exactly what has been lost. Once we know this, we will issue a further statement.

If you wish to contribute to the GSA fire damage fund, you may do so here

Thank you again for all your support. We have been touched and humbled.

The GSA Library Team

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