The school is re-named The City and Guilds of London Art School.
1940 – 45 Second World War
William Wheeler starts the Restoration and Carving courses to train for the restoration of London’s architecture, monuments and treasures damaged during the war.
The Institute of Contemporary Art founded (ICA).
The School provides training by day, evening and all weekend for approximately 200 students. It was the only Art School open on Sundays and became a favourite meeting place for London’s many artists.
The Festival of Britain.
The painter Elizabeth Fitzgerald is made Registrar, she went on to become Vice Principal and ran the Art School for almost 40 years.
International Institute for Conservation founded.
Eric Morby starts foundation course and brings a more formal structure to the painting school that had become casual and part time along with sculpture.
With a long list of Industrial subscribers, the Institute began to feel that it was not justified in using their money to continue to support the Art School. Letters were written to The Times to ward off any threatened closure and supported by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and other eminent artists. An independent charitable trust company was set up in which the artistically minded Livery Companies, notably the Fishmongers, were persuaded to take a large interest. The Institute made a gift to the trust of the freehold premises at 118 – 124 Kennington Park Road and agreed to provide a grant of £30,000 over a three-year period. All formal links are severed. The art school becomes Independent again.
Roger de Grey becomes Principal. In 1984 he becomes President of the Royal Academy, staying on as Principal. The links with the Academy and Academicians are fruitful.
Full time courses are approved by the Department of Education and Science as being eligible for Discretionary Awards.
New Stone Carving and Letter cutting studios are opened.
Sir Roger de Grey dies suddenly. Michael Kenny RA Treasurer of the Royal Academy becomes new Principal.
Fine Art Painting and Sculpture courses are validated at BA(Hons) level by the University of Central England.
Conservation course is validated at BA(Hons) level by the University of Central England.
MA course in Fine Art is validated by the University of Central England. Following the death of Michael Kenny, Tony Carter becomes Principal. Tate Modern opens.