Throwback Thursday: Ambrose Gillick’s research from our Gillespie Kidd and Coia archive

In celebration of World Architecture Day on the 7th of October, the work of Ambrose Gillick, Research Assistant and Lecturer at The Mackintosh School of Architecture is the theme of this Throwback Thursday! Below, Ambrose discusses his work on Roman Catholic Architecture in Britain and how GSA’s Gillespie, Kidd and Coia archive supported this several years ago… 


Why did you use GSA Archives & Collections?

I used the GSA archives to research Roman Catholic church architecture, specifically the work of the firm Gillespie, Kidd & Coia as part of an historical research programme being undertaken within the School by Dr. Robert Proctor. I used the drawings to produce new computer (CAD) drawings which could then be used in a forthcoming publication on the topic.

Had you used archives or museum collections previously in your work?

Not to any great degree, and not for properly academic historical research per se. Subsequently I have undertaken a lot of archival research across the UK in relation to this topic.

What was your experience of visiting the Archives & Collections Centre?

The archives are an extremely well organised and readily accessible resource. The space whilst small is set up to easily accommodate research into the GSA’s holdings. The assistance by staff is excellent; intuitive, thorough and quick.

What did you find out from our holdings?

I found the drawings I needed to be able to reproduce accurate plans and sections of the buildings that will feature in our research outcomes.

Has your visit led you to using other Archive / Museum sources?

Yes. As stated above, I have since gone on to undertake further research in civic and diocesan archives in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, Preston and London.

For more information about our Gillespie, Kidd & Coia archive click here. You can find out more about the Roman Catholic Church Architecture, 1955-1975 project on the project blog.

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